Coyotes remain ‘free’ after person bitten in west Toronto


Posted Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 5:36 p.m. EDT

Last updated Tuesday, May 31, 2022 5:52 PM EDT

A person was bitten by a coyote over the weekend while in a west Toronto park, officials say.

The incident took place on May 28 in Westlake Park, near Weston Road and Black Creek Drive.

According to a news release on Tuesday, animal services officers were on hand to assess the area and determine if there was a coyote den or “any other factor that might attract coyotes.”

“The coyote from last weekend’s incident remains at large and residents are urged to exercise caution when visiting the park, as well as nearby areas,” officials said in the statement.

“The city will post signage at the entrance to the park to warn residents that coyotes are nearby. An area has been fenced off while (Toronto Animal Services) continues its investigation.

City staff distributed educational materials to nearby residents about urban coyotes and the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry was notified.

“Coyotes generally do not pose a threat to humans and a bite from a human is abnormal behavior,” officials said, adding that most interactions are the result of nearby food sources or people intentionally feeding. animals.


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