City of Toronto confirms two individuals were bitten by a coyote

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The City of Toronto confirmed that two individuals were bitten by a coyote in Bayview Village Park earlier today. (File Photo – Parks Canada)

“Toronto Animal Services and the Toronto Police Services Emergency Task Force have been in the area all day today working diligently to capture the coyote and will resume their efforts tomorrow,” the City of Toronto said in a statement.

The statement further added that the coyote is still at large and the City advises residents in the area to please stay away from the park and use caution in the neighbouring areas.

Coyotes generally do not pose a danger to people, but can pose a danger for pets, the City of Toronto said.

They are active during the day and at night, particularly dusk and dawn, and help to control rodent and rabbit populations. Coyotes thrive in urban areas because of the abundance of food and shelter available.

Coyotes not hibernate and may be seen more often during winter months as they are not hidden by foliage. They will eat whatever food is available such as small mammals and birds, and improperly stored garbage.

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