Coyote Attack, Sightings Close Two North Jersey Parks

In the wake of a coyote attack and coyotes being spotted on the prowl, two North Jersey parks are closed to the public.

Brightwood Park

Brightwood Park

Photo Credit: Westfield Recreation

On Saturday, July 1, the Town of Westfield announced it is closing Brightwood Park after an aggressive coyote was spotted. The Westfield Police Department and Westfield Regional Health Department are investigating and no injuries have occurred, the town said.

Residents are advised to report any coyote sightings to the Westfield Police Department. 

On Friday, June 30, a 13-year-old girl was hospitalized after being attacked by a coyote at South Mountain Reservation in West Orange. She suffered a puncture wounds to her leg, the Essex County Sheriff's Office said.

The coyote attack prompted the closure of Crest Drive and the dog park at the reservation.

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