Coyote at large after biting two people in North York park, city says

Police investigating after the males were left bitten by the coyote and the dog was killed, the parks department said Coyote at large after biting two people in North York park, city says A…

Coyote at large after biting two people in North York park, city says

Police investigating after the males were left bitten by the coyote and the dog was killed, the parks department said

Coyote at large after biting two people in North York park, city says

A coyote, which bit two people in a city park on Tuesday, was at large on Wednesday afternoon.

The coyote bit a man and a woman when they were playing on a swing and retrieving a ball, the parks department said. Both were taken to hospital and treated. The dogs in the park were killed and tested for rabies.

Leona Menzies, a member of the Friends of Bluewater Park, said she had gathered about 20 people at the scene to watch the continuing drama of a wild coyote.

“I am scared the coyote will kill someone because he cannot be contained and the park is an isolated location,” she said.

Westminster City Council said it was working closely with police and issuing special warnings to residents.

“The sheltering of wild animals, such as birds and animals that are not domesticated, is a very real concern in today’s Western world, where food and water are often scarce and when invasive species are living at a distance,” it said in a statement.

Many of the Facebook comments supported community efforts, including a suggestion to trap the coyote. “We have a man shot dead trying to kill a coyote outside a prison,” the comment reads. “We should put traps in the park where they live. Hopefully these rogue predators will never be successful and the criminals will always win in the end.”

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