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Burlington goes into crisis management mode after six unprovoked coyote attacks

Burlington goes into crisis management mode after six unprovoked coyote attacks

The City of Burlington has activated its Crisis Management Team due to six unprovoked coyote attacks on residents. The latest was reported to the City from a retirement home employee regarding one of their residents.

The most recent unprovoked coyote attack occurred Saturday at 8:20 a.m. at a retirement home on New Street in the Roseland area. The victim was sitting out on their front patio in a chair. She was relaxing and awoke to the pain of the coyote biting her in the hip area. The coyote was startled when she woke up but tried to approach her again. She was able to scare it away. The retirement home employee saw what happened and ran out to check on the resident. The coyote ran across New Street into a neighbourhood. An ambulance was called for the victim and she was taken to hospital.

Saturday, Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward raised the issue with the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), Graydon Smith, One victim was a two-and-a-half-year-old boy who was on his backyard deck. The coyote grabbed him by the neck in an attempt to drag him away. City staff are in discussions with coyote wildlife management experts at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) to figure out a strategy to reduce the risk.

Burlington will hold a Special Council Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at noon.

The coyote is described as a smaller sandy-coloured coyote. The City is asking residents to continue to be vigilant in these areas and report coyote sightings using the form at burlington.ca/coyotes.

Anyone attacked by a coyote is advised to seek immediate medical attention and report the attack to the Halton Region Health Department and to the City of Burlington Animal Services at animalservices@burlington.ca or 905-335-3030.

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