Pair of coyote attacks prompt officials to close popular trail in Mission Viejo

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A pair of coyote attacks over the weekend prompted Orange County officials to close a popular trail in Mission Viejo.

The attacks occurred Saturday morning while the victims were out exercising in the Jeronimo Open Space area.

The first victim, a woman, was out jogging when a coyote bit her lower left calf, a spokeswoman told the Associated Press. A time for the first attack was not given.

The second victim was on the Oso Creek Trail about 6:30 a.m. when a coyote bit her on the ankle.

Both victims were sent to a local hospital for treatment.

The trail is closed pending an investigation by animal control officers and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

It is unclear whether both attacks involved the same coyote.

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