Burlington eliminates second coyote believed responsible for attacks, still hunting another

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Published September 19, 2022 at 2:07 pm

A second coyote has been eliminated after yet another unprovoked attack in Burlington.

According to the City of Burlington, the coyote identified by its victims in recent unprovoked attacks on humans in south central Burlington was put down with the expertise of a Certified Wildlife Control Professional.

However, a third coyote of concern is still at-large.

“We can breathe a small sigh of relief at this news, though our thoughts continue to be with all the victims as they recover from these unprovoked attacks,” said Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward.

“None of us want to have to eliminate a wild animal, but we’ve learned that once animals lose their fear of humans, they can’t re-learn it and they become a permanent danger to our community. We will not rest until public safety is restored in our community. It’s critical that residents don’t feed wildlife, intentionally or unintentionally, and properly dispose of food waste. We all need to do our part.”

In the past several weeks, there have been seven unprovoked attacks on humans reported to the City.

The coyote is described as having the same characteristics, a smaller, sandy-colored coyote, as the sixth and seventh coyote attacks on Sept. 10 and Sept. 17. The City is asking residents to continue to be vigilant in and around the areas noted on the updated map and report coyote sightings.

City of Burlington Animal Services staff have been conducting ongoing joint operations with the HRPS and the Certified Wildlife Control Professional in the areas of attack to track down and eliminate the coyotes.

Residents may see this multi agency taskforce in their neighbourhood and it is critical that residents do not interfere with these operations. It is important that crowds not gather during these operations. This is important for both the safety of residents and so crowds do not scare off the coyotes being tracked.

The increasing challenge is that coyotes are no longer denning at this time of year and are more mobile. The priority of this multi-agency taskforce is to eliminate the aggressive coyotes based on the approved City of Burlington Coyote Response Strategy protocol.

Anyone attacked by a coyote is advised to seek immediate medical attention and report the attack to the Halton Region Health Department and to the City of Burlington Animal Services at [email protected] or 905-335-3030.

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