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“Going out during the day”: the Burlington neighborhood worries about the mangy coyote

There is a wild animal in Burlington that seems to need help.

Residents of the Palmer area of ​​Burlington have noticed that one of their local coyotes is showing signs of scabies and appears to be behaving strangely. For weeks, the animal has looked thin, it lacks patches of hair and is now regularly visible in the middle of the day.

The owners of Palmer have long known the group of coyotes that live there. This familiarity has caused genuine concern among many residents who have contacted authorities in the hope that they will do something for the animal.

“Because we know them so well, we have our respectfully distant friendship, you feel bad for the guy.” And we have observed it, especially as everyone has stayed home significantly last month with children, ”said Kristy MacDonald, a resident of the area. “We saw him come out, and now he’s starting to go out during the day. It doesn’t come out at night anymore, ”MacDonald said.

Residents posted photos and updates of the coyote to the community’s Facebook page.

According to the Ontario SPCA, coyotes typically spend the day resting. However, this behavior can change due to hopelessness or illness.

“Honestly, we live in harmony with this coyote, with this whole pack. And I mean, you can drive that way. You can see them every time they run through their forest because this guy goes out during the day, ”MacDonald said.

Residents who see a coyote in distress are strongly encouraged not to approach the animal.

Lisa Cooper, the City of Burlington Animal Services Supervisor, said she was aware of this particular coyote and was working with one of their rehabilitation partners who specializes in trapping live coyotes. sick or injured.

“They’ve been there and have trapped two coyotes from this area so far. Along with the City, they continue to track this particular coyote, but it still travels a great distance on a daily basis, ”Cooper said.

Residents are asked to assist in trapping the coyote by reporting sightings to Animal Services Burlington at 905-335-3030.

“The trapped coyotes are taken to a rehabilitation center that specializes in treating injured and sick wildlife so that they can return to the wild as healthy wild animals,” Cooper said.