Little one bitten by coyote days earlier than Oshawa metropolis councils talk about animal coverage

Other incidents of coyotes approaching humans – including an incident in which a child was bitten – were reported in Oshawa days before a city council committee is due to discuss the matter.

In the latest developments, Durham Police Department has confirmed that a three-year-old child was bitten in an encounter with a coyote while a resident in another neighborhood complained that her area was frequented by a coyote with little to no fear seems to have man.

The biting incident occurred around 7:40 p.m. on September 29 near a residence on Oshawa Boulevard North, police confirmed. Acting Sergeant George Tudos said the child was rushed to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The incident had been reported to the regional health department, he said.

There have been several incidents in the city this year of coyotes biting children.

In an online post about the incident, a resident said her son was playing in a sandpit at home when he was attacked by a coyote. The child was “bitten enough to break the skin,” wrote the resident.

“All I did was turn my back on me to walk less than five feet and the coyote used this as its chance to attack,” the post reads.

Meanwhile, a resident of Windfields, north of Oshawa, says her area is being haunted by a coyote who has grown bolder as it roams the streets for food.

“This coyote is getting more and more aggressive,” said Debbie Wong.

Wong said she was on her porch early morning on Thursday September 30th when she heard “panting” and looked up to see the coyote walking with a prominent limp and had been in the neighborhood for several months will.

Wong said she got up and screamed, but the coyote did not withdraw.

“It didn’t bother him. He didn’t run away. He just stood there and stared at me, ”she said. “I literally dropped my cell phone and walked backwards into my house while screaming and yelling.”

The coyote is of concern because it is obviously not afraid of people and is near apartment buildings and a nearby school, Wong said. She said she and others in the area contacted the city through Service Oshawa, as directed on the city’s website.

“All they did is put a ‘Coyote in Area’ sign up,” Wong said. “Well, that coyote can’t read.”

The incidents come as the city’s corporate services committee prepares to meet on Monday morning, October 4th, to discuss local policy on coyotes. An agenda for the meeting indicated that the committee would consider two recommendations calling on the Statutes Department to “coordinate a virtual community briefing on coyote coyote life; and … to develop a Coyote Education and Response Strategy in consultation with the Oshawa Animal Care Advisory Committee and to report to the Corporate Services Committee. ”

The city’s current policy, as stated on its website, is for the municipality not to respond to reports of wildlife in urban areas. The city is working with the provincial police force and the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources on “best practices and messaging” for local residents, monitoring areas where coyotes have been reported and in some cases installing signs and fences, according to the website .

Residents are encouraged to report coyote sightings to Service Oshawa.

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