TORONTO - Police are searching for two aggressive animals — possibly coyotes — on the loose in Thornhill, Ont.
“There were two separate incidents (Monday) in which two people suffered minor injuries” after being bitten by the animals, York Regional Police Const. Laura Nicolle said Tuesday.
Police were called to Evergreen Cres. for a report of two “large coyote-like animals” acting aggressively towards residents in the area.
The animals are believed to be “wild,” Nicolle said.
According to police, the animals chased several people into their homes, and at one point had to be fended off with a rake.
After police officers found the animals — initially believed to be German shepherds — in a backyard, the animals attacked when they got close and fled to a nearby wooded area after being pepper-sprayed.
The animals were spotted around 1:15 p.m. Monday where an officer shot one of them — due to the public safety threat and without having tranquilizers or other “viable non-lethal options,” police said — in the upper shoulder area and the pair took off deeper in the woods.
Police later received two separate reports of two women attacked and recovering from minor injuries in the King’s College Rd. and Green Lane area between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
“No owner has been identified. According to the (Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) the (animals) have been spotted in the area previously. It sounds like they’ve been around,” Nicolle said.