TWO ANIMALS BEING SOUGHT IN MARKHAM AFTER BITING INCIDENTS
Members of the York Regional Police, along with members of the Ontario SPCA (Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals), are seeking two animals believed to possibly be coyotes in the Thornhill area of the City of Markham after people received minor injuries in two separate incidents yesterday.
On Monday, June 23, 2014, York Regional Police were called to Evergreen Crescent for a report of two large coyote-like animals that were acting aggressively towards residents in the area. The animals chased several people into their homes and at one point had to be fended off with a rake. Police officers searched the area and found them in a residential backyard. The animals attacked police officers upon their approach and so oleoresin capsicum spray (“pepper spray”) was used to repel them. The animals fled to a nearby wooded area.
Members of the York Regional Police Emergency Response Unit, along with members of the Ontario SPCA, attempted to locate and subdue the animals in the wooded area. They were spotted at about 1:15 p.m. Due to the imminent threat and concern for public safety, and without having tranquilizers or other viable non-lethal options, a firearm was discharged. It is believed that one of the animals was shot in the upper shoulder area and both of them rapidly fled and went deeper into the wooded area.
York Regional Police later received two separate reports of two aggressive animals in the area of King’s College Road and Green Lane. Two women were attacked between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m. and received minor injuries.
Members of York Regional Police and the Ontario SPCA searched the area but did not find the animals. The search was ended at night due to darkness, but officers continue to look for the animals this morning.
York Regional Police are alerting residents in the area bordered by Highway 407, Highway 404, John Street and Bayview Avenue to be aware of these animals and to alert authorities immediately if they are observed. Do not approach them. Do not offer them food or treats. Do not try to physically restrain, capture or control any unknown animals.
It is believed that these animals have been living in the area for about two years. This is the first known report of them being aggressive towards humans.
York Regional Police is asking anyone who may see these animals or who has information about them to contact us by calling our non-emergency line at 1-866-876-5423, or by calling 9-1-1 in an emergency.
Prepared by: Sergeant Clint Whitney
June 24, 2014