Manitoba conservation officers have killed a second coyote following two recent attacks on children in Winnipeg’s North Kildonan area.
The second coyote was killed Tuesday morning in the area near Knowles Avenue and Popko Crescent and was sent for testing, said Staff Sgt. Graeme Smith with the Manitoba Conservation Officer Service.
Another adult coyote was killed and sent for testing after it was discovered on Monday, said a Tuesday news release from the province.
The coyotes were killed after a four-year-old boy was mauled by a coyote on Friday in the same neighbourhood where a nine-year-old was attacked six days earlier. Both boys were treated at a hospital and released.
It’s still not known if the two animals that were killed were involved in the attacks, but conservation officers believed they had become habituated to human presence, meaning they were no longer afraid of humans, Smith said.
“We have coyotes all throughout the city and we get calls all throughout the city and the vast majority of them, the coyotes are not habituated,” he said.
“So coming too close to people and not showing fear, things like that, are what give us the indicators to make the decision to euthanize it or not.”
With the help of the Manitoba Trappers Association, conservation officials have set live traps in the area. The traps are considered humane and won’t kill the animals, Smith said.
However, conservation officers could euthanize coyotes that are considered habituated, he said.
“We’re confident that we’re intervening and euthanizing only the habituated animals, so we are confident that we’re going to resolve this situation.”