Residents Asked to Take Precautions After Child Was Bitten by Coyote

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Police are urging residents of Oshawa to take precautions after a 6-year-old girl was bit by a coyote on Thursday evening.

On Thursday, July 1, 2021, at approximately 8:30 p.m., members from Central East Division responded to Northway Court Park for a girl who had been bitten by a coyote. The girl was playing at the park when a coyote approached and bit her. Several adults scared the coyote off and it ran into the nearby woods. Oshawa Animal Services were called and kept their eyes on the coyote while officers attended. Officers set up a perimeter in attempt to secure the coyote but it fled eastbound across Oshawa Boulevard North and disappeared into the ravine.

The girl sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for the bite.

For more information on coyotes and safety tips, visit the Ministry of Natural Resources website at https://www.ontario.ca/page/preventing-and-managing-conflicts-coyotes. To avoid conflict with coyotes, prepare and be aware. If a wild animal poses an immediate threat or danger to public safety call 911.

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