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Groups calling for an urban coyote plan

The police shooting of a coyote in Cabbagetown on Monday has some groups calling for the city to put together an urban coyote plan.

They want council to enact a by-law regulating the feeding of wildlife and adopt a “Living with Coyotes” educational program.

The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals is offering to put the program together at no cost to the city.

It has the support of the Toronto Wildlife Centre and the group Coyote Watch.

They said responding to coyotes with lethal force is unnecessary and creates the perception that the animals are dangerous.

They said coyote attacks are extremely rare with the last one reported by Toronto Animal Services happening more than 10 years ago when a woman received a minor bite after regularly feeding a wounded coyote.

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