Coyote responsible for biting two in Toronto is put down

Image copyright PA Image caption The coyote was first seen near Queen’s Park around 1am A coyote believed to have been responsible for biting two people in a Toronto park has been put down….

Coyote responsible for biting two in Toronto is put down

Image copyright PA Image caption The coyote was first seen near Queen’s Park around 1am

A coyote believed to have been responsible for biting two people in a Toronto park has been put down.

The animal had been on the loose near Queen’s Park for several hours, prompting a canine search.

One person was treated at the scene and the other taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Images taken at the scene showed a trail of blood leading off into the trees.

Image copyright AP Image caption Two people were taken to hospital in serious condition

“We responded to what was described as a canine attack in Queen’s Park,” Police Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu told reporters.

“Officers went to the location and discovered that there had been a serious bite in the vicinity of Park Avenue and Woodbine [St.”

Rangers shot the coyote, according to police, which is a dangerous predator that is protected by law under Toronto’s Dangerous Animals Act.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The animal had been on the loose for several hours

Image copyright CTV Image caption Toronto Mayor John Tory visited the victims at the scene

John Tory, the mayor of Toronto, visited the hospital where the two victims were being treated.

“Well I think it’s fair to say that we’re not ready to say we’ve dealt with the issue, but I do think one way or another that it’s pretty clear that we did what we had to do,” Mr Tory told reporters.

The incident comes two days after a neighbour described hearing a coyote “screaming” before a “huge chunk” of flesh had “fallen off” him and into his own kitchen.

Image copyright Bloomberg Image caption Leaf-tails and coyotes usually breed between April and June

He told reporters that he had gone to help the coyote’s sister, who had also suffered a severe bite.

The neighbour said he had ignored the screams of his neighbour in fear that the animal would return for his family.

“I went and checked his head and said, ‘Please, he’s just scratching, he’ll come over and scratch his neck or something,'”

As well as the threat from coyotes, the city is now dealing with a severe heatwave, which has left thousands without power and led to traffic chaos.

See more pictures here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-105173322

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