Toronto Animal Services has revealed the areas of the city where family pets have been killed by coyotes in January.
The department confirmed to Daily Hive that it is aware of two incidents this month where dogs have been taken from their backyards near ravines and killed by the animals.
One incident occurred near Finch Avenue and Bayview Avenue in North York. The other took place near Blythwood Ravine Park, at Mount Pleasant Road and Lawrence Avenue.
Toronto Animal Services is not releasing the exact addresses in order to protect the privacy of the families involved.
“We would like to stress that coyotes are part of Toronto’s environment and to avoid tragic encounters, residents should take steps to protect their pets in any places near green spaces, ravines, and areas where there are coyotes,” Toronto Animal Services said.
If you have coyotes in your area, do not let your pets out into your backyard alone. Coyotes generally do not pose a danger to people but can pose a danger for pets, especially small dogs and cats. Always supervise your pet when out in the backyard. https://t.co/UFwxXbf4rU pic.twitter.com/bPlMgDrTjw
— City of Toronto (@cityoftoronto) January 26, 2021
“In areas of Toronto where there are known to be coyotes, residents should only take pets out into their backyard with them and supervise their pets at all times.”
The department advised that cats should be kept indoors or supervised while outside. Dogs should be kept on a leash while walking.
Last week, the City of Toronto reminded residents that coyote sightings are normal this time of year, especially for those who live near ravines and forests.
Coyotes are active day and night but prefer to hunt after dusk or before dawn.
According to the city, coyotes generally do not pose a danger to people. However, it is not uncommon for them to injure or kill cats and small dogs.