Third aggressive coyote responsible for attacks on people in Burlington eliminated
Published September 20, 2022 at 1:45 pm
A third aggressive coyote has been eliminated in Burlington by city staff and a certified wildlife control professional today (Sept. 20).
All three are believed responsible for the recent unprovoked attacks on people in south central Burlington. The coyotes were identified based on feedback and descriptions received from the residents that were attacked.
In the past several weeks, there have been seven unprovoked attacks on humans reported to the City. Animal Services staff have played a key role in tracking the coyotes identified as being responsible for all of the attacks.
“We believe we have eliminated the immediate threat to public safety from this family of coyotes responsible for the recent attacks. We know that will be a measure of relief to the community,” said Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward.
“City of Burlington staff will continue to patrol the area for the foreseeable future and we ask the community to continue to report any coyote sightings. We also continue to stress the reason this group of coyotes became aggressive is because they had lost their fear of humans due to being fed, intentionally or unintentionally. Please ensure proper disposal of food waste. Intentional feeding, in particular, of any wildlife must stop for us to be able ensure the safety of our community.”
The City is asking residents to continue to be vigilant in the area and report coyote sightings using this form.
City staff continue to be on high alert, including patrolling the city, gathering information, and looking for food sources. The City has recently started covering park and public garbage bins with lids and remind residents that these bins are for park garbage only.
If residents are aware of any feeding of wildlife they should report it to Animal Services [email protected] or 905-335-3030.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising