Toronto residents shocked to see coyote running through the streets, 'steps from the CN Tower'
Do not approach coyotes, their dens or their young, the city warns
A coyote was spotted running around Toronto on Monday morning.
According to a video captured by CTV News' Adrian Ghobrial, the coyote was seen running around Queens Quay near the CN Tower around 9 a.m.
"Happening now: a coyote is running along Queens Quay in Toronto’s Harbourfront community just steps from the CN tower. Take a look as it surprises multiple pedestrians," Ghobrial tweeted.
Happening now: a coyote is running along Queens Quay in Toronto’s Harbourfront community just steps from the CN tower. Take a look as it surprises multiple pedestrians. pic.twitter.com/DqiXbtRDlB
— Adrian Ghobrial (@AdrianGhobrial) January 30, 2023
In the video, the coyote is seen sauntering around pedestrians on the sidewalk before running across the street just before a truck and a streetcar passes by.
According to an advisory by the City of Toronto, coyotes don't pose a danger to people but can be dangerous for pets.
"They are active during the day and at night, particularly dusk and dawn, and help to control rodent and rabbit populations," the advisory reads.
"Coyotes will eat whatever food is available such as small mammals and birds, and improperly stored garbage."
The city also offers tips regarding people who spot coyotes:
Never feed coyotes
Do not approach coyotes, their dens or their young
Do not touch coyotes, even if they appear tame, sick or injured
Keep your dog on a leash
If you see a coyote, do not run but make some noise to scare it away
Dispose of garbage and waste before leaving parks
People are also advised to call 311 whenever they spot a coyote in a park or an open area.