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The law of the jungle is in force at G. Ross Lord Park, where coyotes have been feasting on a downed deer.
A reader told us via SeeClickFix that he believed coyotes killed a deer near a path that runs along the periphery of the large park, behind an apartment building at 120 Torresdale Ave., near Bathurst St. and Finch Ave.
“I believe that I heard the attack around 4 a.m., and walkers in the area saw coyotes at the carcass around 12:30 p.m. today, in broad daylight.”
Brown, who’s lived in the area since 1969 and walks in the park most days, had a different story to tell. He said he first saw the dead deer on Dec. 21, which was then intact and showed no signs of being attacked.
Given the number of people who walk their dogs in the park, we wanted to know how likely it is that the deer was taken down by coyotes, and ended up talking to Dr. Chris Davies, manager of wildlife for the Ministry of Natural Resources.
It’s possible the deer was killed by coyotes that may have been disturbed and fled, only to return later to eat it, said Davies. But Brown would probably have seen evidence of an attack when he first found the carcass, he said.
The bottom line is that dog walkers needn’t fear aggressive coyotes, said Davies, adding that attacks on pets are extremely rare and almost never happen to people.
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