Public Safety Alert issued after 8-year-old boy possibly bit by a coyote in Toronto

Jun 26 2019, 8:17 pm

Toronto police say an 8-year-old boy has been bit by what’s believed to be a coyote.

According to police, the possible animal bite occurred in the area of 43 Thorncliffe Park Drive.

It is reported that on Wednesday, June 19, the 8-year-old boy was riding his bike. He was attacked by what he believed to be a coyote and was bitten on his elbow and leg.

Police say the animal was reported to be salivating and foaming at the mouth during the incident, and as a precaution the boy was treated with the rabies vaccination but does not exhibit signs of rabies on his own.

But police say there have been no cases of rabies in Toronto.

Police advise if the public sees wildlife acting strangely, they can contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry at 1-888-574-6656. And if the animal is showing signs of rabies, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry should be contacted immediately.

If a person or pet is being attacked by a coyote, the public should call 9-1-1.

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Homeowners are also advised to remove any food sources from their property, or accessible garbage as well as close off any possible denning areas under decks or porches, for example. Pets should be kept up to date on rabies vaccinations, per Ontario law, as well as monitored when outside or kept indoors at night.

Toronto Public Health recommends that if a person is bitten or scratched by an animal, such as a coyote, they should:

1. Immediately wash the bite or wound with soap and water for at least 15 minutes.

2. Apply an antiseptic to the wound.

3. Seek medical attention from a healthcare provider to assess their risk and discuss treatment options.

4. Speak with their healthcare provider regarding reporting the animal bite or scratch to Toronto Public Health. Animal bites or scratches can be reported to Toronto Public Health.