Police shot and killed a coyote in Cabbagetown on Monday night, saying that the animal was behaving aggressively.
The executive director for the Toronto Wildlife Centre said killing wildlife isn’t the answer.
Nathalie Karvonen is the executive director at the Toronto Wildlife Centre.
And she said there are a lot of misconceptions out about coyotes.
“Attacks of coyotes on people are virtually unheard of,” she explained. “If people are not panicking about their neighbourhood dogs, then they should absoloutely not be panicking about the neighbourhood coyote.”
She added that if the coyote was hanging around, there was likely a reason for it.
“It may be because it had a food source in the neighbourhood or even someone (may have been) feeding it in the neighbourhood,” she explained.
Karvonen said in captivity, coyotes are nervous and very afraid of people.
And she said based on what she’s heard, this animal wasn’t a threat and should have been left alone.