In a news reported story below a six year old boy was attacked and bitten by a coyote while playing in a park near his home. Coyotes were latter trapped as the park was later closed and traps were set in the area to try and catch the coyote – four coyotes were trapped over two days.
The sad part of the story is not only the tragedy of the young child being dragged by the coyote and bitten but that the long term solution by government officials (wildlife representatives) is recommendations to be aware of coyotes in the area. “Do not leave small children or pets outside unattended.” The father was on the other end of the play ground at the time of the attack. The government wants to educate on coexistence and I can only imagine as a parent what the father wanted and other parents.
In Collingwood we have have had frequent sighting of coyotes at a public park on Georgian Manor Dr. The Town of Collingwood response is a commitment to post a sign to be aware of coyotes in the area? Should we not take this threat seriously and take preventative steps?
People need to get engaged in this issue for something to be done.
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