The City of Burlington has eliminated the coyote identified in recent attacks on residents

Burlington, Ont.—Aug. 24, 2022— The City of Burlington, with the expertise of a certified wildlife control professional, eliminated the coyote identified by its victims in recent unprovoked attacks on humans in south-central Burlington. The City would like to acknowledge the support of the Halton Regional Police Services (HRPS) who were on hand to ensure public safety and were ready to assist, if needed.

A third recent unprovoked coyote attack on a human was reported in the city last night. Animal services personnel played a key role in tracking the coyote identified as responsible for all three attacks.

During the evening, an 18-year-old girl was lying in the grass at the municipal gazebo at the end of Market Street, south of Lakeshore Road, when she felt a tug in her hair. She turned to see a coyote which then bit and scratched her leg as she stood up. The girl was taken for medical treatment and released.

The other two recent attacks were also unprovoked but during the day. The first unprovoked attack was on an adult woman on the Centennial Multiuse Trail at Seneca Avenue in the morning. The coyote jumped up and bit her from behind. The second unprovoked attack targeted a 2.5-year-old toddler sitting on a patio in his fenced yard less than two kilometers east of the first attack. There was no food, small animals or any other activity to attract the coyote. The toddler was also bitten on the back of the neck. Both victims were treated at Joseph Brant Hospital and released.

The attacks are uncharacteristic of coyotes and are the first reported attacks on humans in Burlington.

Municipalities are responsible for taking appropriate steps to manage residents’ encounters with coyotes and for taking appropriate action on municipal property. In the rare event that a coyote attacks a person, the City has a Council-approved protocol in place that is currently being followed to prioritize and deal with the coyote in question.

Anyone who sights a coyote is encouraged to notify the City by submitting a report online or by calling 905-335-3030. Reporting coyote sightings, or potential issues with overgrown construction sites, garbage, or someone intentionally or accidentally feeding a coyote, helps the City monitor the location and activity of coyotes in the community.

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Fast facts

  • These are the first reported coyote attacks on humans in Burlington.
  • In 2015, the Burlington City Council approved a Coyote Response Strategy that provides guidelines for preventing and managing conflicts with coyotes.
  • Coyotes are native to North America and live in both urban and rural areas.
  • Food sources like mice, rats, and garbage are readily available in urban areas, attracting coyotes to residential neighborhoods.
  • Concerns about direct or indirect wildlife feeding can be reported to Animal Control at animalshelter.mailbox@burlington.ca
  • Hand and ground feeding of wildlife on private or public property is prohibited by the City’s Lot Maintenance By-law (59-2018) and is subject to a $300 fine.
  • To request a screening of your yard for attracting coyotes by City Animal Control staff, please email animalshelter.mailbox@burlington.ca.

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Media contact:
Carla Marshall
Communications Advisor
carla.marshall@burlington.ca


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