NEHALEM, Ore. -- A 5-year-old from Ocean City is undergoing a series of rabies shots after she was bitten by a coyote while walking with her family through the dunes at Nehalem Bay State Park.
The girl's mother told KPIC the family was returning to its campsite Thursday evening after watching the sunset on the beach.
The girl was dragging a stick in the sand when the coyote approached from behind and first grabbed at the stick. The animal then nipped the girl's back, breaking the skin.
The animal fled when the family started screaming.
The girl was treated at Providence Seaside Hospital in Seaside. The park posted warning signs around the campground.
Chris Havel of Oregon State Parks says it would be the first coyote attack in state park history.