Coyote on the loose in North York park

Image copyright Essex County Constabulary Image caption One dog was seized in the incident A coyote is on the loose after biting two people in North York park. The North York and Hullway parks…

Coyote on the loose in North York park

Image copyright Essex County Constabulary Image caption One dog was seized in the incident

A coyote is on the loose after biting two people in North York park.

The North York and Hullway parks have been closed in order to trap the animal, according to police.

The city described a “large” coyote in a “dark grey stalking type pelt” in one of the area’s main parks.

Shawn Byrnes from the city’s Animal Control said the animal had been eating mice at night and there was a chance it had been living in the area.

Writing on its Facebook page, the city said an individual caught the coyote after it bit the two people at about 09:20 BST on Thursday.

CCTV cameras had recorded the whole incident, officials said.

Image copyright Chester River Animal Shelter Image caption The animal was reportedly spotted walking around Balsam Hill Park in North York on Friday

Officers were satisfied the animal was a coyote which had not been released or escaped from the shelter, the North York and Hullway Civic Centre website said.

Officers subsequently towed the animal to the city’s Chester River Animal Shelter, where officers sedated it and brought it to the city’s Animal Control Office.

Officials said the animal had not killed any more mice at night, and was still apparently trying to avoid capture.

Authorities will return the animal to its owner.

Last month, another coyote was brought to Chester River, and renamed Odin.

As a tribute to Odin, whose reputation was also destroyed by two dead cats in the park, staff at the centre decided to name the rescued animal again after the wizard.

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