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June 4, 2003
Toronto Public Health advises caution after coyote bites occur in two parks
Toronto Public Health is advising the public to take precautions after a number
of coyote bites in two north Toronto parks. Coyotes in separate incidents have
bitten four people in the past several days.

Toronto Animal Services is working closely with Toronto Police, the Ministry of
Natural Resources and Toronto Parks and Recreation to locate and euthanize the
animal. There has been no incidence of rabies reported in coyotes in Toronto in
recent years. As a precaution, the animal will be tested for rabies.

Residents are advised to avoid G. Ross Lord Park near Dufferin and Finch and
Earl Bales Park near Sheppard and Bathurst if at all possible. Residents who
must enter the park should take the following steps to protect themselves:

· Do not approach the coyote.
· Do not go into the park alone.
· Do not leave children unattended for any length of time.
· Keep dogs on leashes at all times.
· Remain on clearly marked paths and in busier areas; all the bites have
occurred in less travelled areas of the parks.
· Residents who encounter a coyote should not run away. Stand still and make
noise, e.g. yell, clap hands. This will help scare the coyote away.
· Anyone who sees a coyote is asked to call Toronto Animal Services immediately
at 416-338-7297.

Media Contact
Susan Sperling
Media Relations, Toronto Public Health



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