Coyotes in Montreal bite three children in span of one week
Sunday, July 29, 2018, 3:41 PM - Montreal police are investigating after three children were bitten by coyotes in the span of one week.
The incidents took place in Parc des Hirondelles and Parc Gabriel-Lalemant in the city's Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough.
A three-year-old boy suffered minor injuries after he was bitten on Saturday around 6:30 p.m. local time, according to the National Post.
A five-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl were also bitten this past week, both suffering minor injuries, the news agency reports.
Courtesy: Coyote on top of a hill -- Getty Images
Posters are on display around the area warning residents of the recent coyote sightings.
"A scaring campaign is being conducted at Parc des Hirondelles and in the Papineau Avenue corridor to Saint-Lucie Park, including Champdore Park," a statement issued by the City of Montreal via the National Post reads.
According to an earlier report published by the city, the risk coyotes represent to public safety is "extremely low."
"The Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs, which is responsible for land wildlife management in Québec, considers that at present there is no justification for coyote population control on the island of Montréal, and that their presence is actually essential to maintaining ecological balance of natural ecosystems," the report reads.
"There are few cases where coyotes have attacked or bitten humans. These rare recorded cases usually involved coyotes that humans have fed, in which the coyotes gradually lose their instinct to flee and develop a habit of proximity to humans."
See below for coyote safety tips, courtesy of the City of Montreal.
- Do not approach or feed coyotes, as they are easily tamed by contact with human beings.
- Teach children not to approach wild animals.
- Keep pets on a leash and/or ensure that you keep the gate to your backyard closed. Letting your pets roam about freely puts them at greater risk for being harmed by wild animals.
- Keep garbage out of the reach of animals to keep away rodents, as they are a major food source for coyotes.
- Keep coyotes away by building gates and doors close to the ground and high enough to keep them from jumping over.
- Keep dogs on a leash when walking in parks. Never let a dog chase a coyote – your dog could be injured fighting with the coyote.
- Leave the site by backing away slowly and remaining calm – avoid turning your back to run away. Keep eye contact with the coyote while backing away.
- Give the coyote space to leave – make sure to leave a path to exit and plenty of space.
- If the animal behaves aggressively, make yourself as large as possible while throwing rocks and branches towards the animal to scare it away but not aiming at it directly, so as not to make it more aggressive.