MAPLEWOOD, New Jersey (WABC) -- Two people, including a 13-year-old girl, and a dog were attacked by a coyote in Maplewood, New Jersey on Friday.
The attack happened just after 3 p.m. inside South Mountain Reservation off Bear Lane, according to the Essex County Sheriff's Office.
They say a coyote attacked a 13-year-old girl and her dog, who she was holding at the time. The girl suffered puncture wounds to her leg and was taken to Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center.
Her dog was taken to a local animal hospital in critical condition but is expected to survive.
Shortly after the first attack, a woman was also bit by the coyote. There is no word yet on her condition.
Out of an abundance of caution, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. said police closed Crest Drive and the South Mountain Dog Park until Saturday.
He urges anyone visiting the reservation to be extremely cautious.
Although the dog park was closed, the attacks didn't happen there. They happened back along the trails where Eyewitness News reporter CeFaan Kim saw hikers, joggers and dogs with owners unaware of what happened.
"The first time I noticed anything was a cop car driving up the road there and that was it," jogger Robert Hansen said. "It seemed a little quieter but I thought that was the haze and the smoke and just Fourth of July weekend.
Others aren't that concerned.
"Because I think it's probably almost the same size as my dog," dog owner Zhouzhen Feng said. "But if you have a small dog, of course."
Police say they are out looking for the coyote and will put it down if they find it. If they can't find it by sundown they will resume their search on Saturday.
Police believe the coyote is rabid because coyotes travel in packs and this one was alone.
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