Toronto Police issued a warning after an “aggressive” coyote attacked citizens at a popular North York park on Sunday.
Investigators say the alleged incident happened around 1 p.m. at Bayview Village Park, just north of Sheppard Avenue, where a coyote was seen roaming in the area.
The coyote, described by police as aggressive, attacked citizens in the park. Toronto Paramedics tell CityNews no injuries were reported.
Const. Alex Li tells CityNews says several people came forward alleging the animal bit them.
“Toronto Police are on scene as well as Toronto Animal Services, who are investigating the incident,” Li says. “What I have been told by officers that are in the area is that they’re encouraging and strongly recommending citizens to stay away from the Bayview Village Park area to avoid any further attacks from this coyote until they have the issue resolved.”
Li says it’s unclear how many people have been bitten and or attacked.
“This is more of a beware and stay away from the area until we have things figured out.”
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It comes as surrounding areas and Toronto neighbourhoods deal with an influx of coyote sightings and reported attacks of late.
On Nov. 10, CityNews reported pet owners and parents in a west-end Toronto neighbourhood had been growing increasingly concerned about a pack of coyotes seen roaming nearby.
Toronto’s surrounding areas, such as North York and Scarborough, have reported an increase in coyote sightings and attacks of late.
Residents living in the Jane and Dundas area say the animals have become a nuisance, adding that the issues had been recently intensified by someone leaving food out.
This follows a well-publicized attack in Scarborough in late July that saw a small dog attacked by a coyote in broad daylight.
The City of Toronto and the Toronto Wildlife Centre have said that while coyotes generally do not pose a danger to humans, pets are at risk.
Nathalie Karvonen, executive director at the Toronto Wildlife Centre, told CityNews in July that a human is more likely to be injured or die due to a dog or, in some cases, a cat bite. The director of Toronto Animal Services says most coyotes don’t interact with citizens but are more likely to if they are being fed.