A coyote believed to have been the culprit in the savage attack of two joggers and the attempted killing of a third has been put down and is dead, police say.
A woman and a man suffered bites to their faces as they were jogging Wednesday around 8:30 a.m. along the water’s edge in Greenwood Park, at the eastern edge of the bustling entertainment district known as Yonge Street, in downtown Toronto.
They were taken to hospital and treated for minor facial wounds.
The second man who suffered bite wounds on his face was treated and released at the scene.
Police sources told the Toronto Sun that the animal responsible for the attack had been seen lurking along the water’s edge before the victims took off.
It was a strong coyote weighing up to 140 pounds.
Police closed off the park and immediately went door-to-door in the area, searching for the animal. They also used cameras to capture a glimpse of the animal.
Witnesses could see the coyote walking toward the trails, where it strolled right up to the victims, kicked and bit them before running off into a leafy bush.
It was actually a female coyote because it had two 4-inch triangular teeth of the same tooth enamel.
“We are still really focused on trying to determine if there was a second coyote that was involved in this,” police Sgt. Daniel Gorman told reporters at the scene.
Gorman said a 12-foot board and cables were used in the trapping effort to make the coyote kill.
The animal was captured Wednesday afternoon, a few hours after the first suspect animal was killed, and euthanized.
“I know it’s early and there are still a lot of things we need to look at before we make a final determination. But we have captured one coyote that we believe was responsible for this attack,” Gorman said.
“He’s dead and it’s looking very unlikely that there’s a second coyote involved in this.”
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