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March 27, 2009
City to trap Neville Park coyote
The City of Toronto will set out traps to capture the Neville Park coyote starting today. The City is changing its strategy because it has exhausted options to condition the animal to become fearful and stay away from area homes. The City is not permitted to move the animal to a new location into the wild so, regrettably, once the City catches the animal it will be euthanized.

Toronto Animal Services will set out box traps on private property in the Neville Park area today to humanely catch the coyote. This could take some days to complete.

The City is asking members of the public and media to stay away from the area (bounded by Kingswood Road to the west, Victoria Park Avenue to the east, Queen Street to the south and Bracken Avenue to the north), which largely encompasses private property so that the City can successfully capture the animal. People should not try to approach the animal. The exact location of the traps will not be released.

The City has been working to remedy the situation upon learning a small dog was killed by the coyote and two other dogs may have been attacked. No new attacks have been reported in the area since February 22. City staff and area residents continue to report sightings of the animal approaching residents’ homes. Coyotes should be fearful of people and homes, maintaining a large distance. It has been determined that area residents were feeding the animal, and this reduced its fear.

For three weeks, together with area residents, the City has been implementing coyote aversion techniques so the animal would feel unwelcome and leave the area. The techniques included removing all coyote attractants such as food from area properties, using paintball guns, aggressive gestures and noise when it was sighted to make it feel unwelcome. Unfortunately, the coyote adapted to these deterrents.

The City considered relocating the animal, but the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources advised it would not issue a special relocation permit to the City.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Rob Andrusevich, Strategic Communications, 416-397-4149, cell 416-200-3660,



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