Six-year-old girl bit by coyote in Oshawa park, Durham police say


OSHAWA, Ont. — Police east of Toronto are warning people to be cautious after a six-year-old girl was bitten by a coyote on Thursday evening.

Durham Regional Police say the girl was playing in Northway Court Park in Oshawa, Ont., when she was approached by the animal at about 8:30 p.m.

They say the coyote bit her, and then several adults scared it off.

The girl was taken to hospital for treatment of the bite, which is not life-threatening.

Police say Oshawa Animal Services tried to capture the coyote, but it escaped into a ravine.

Officers are warning residents to read up on coyotes so they know how to react when they see one.

The Ministry of Natural Resources says coyotes are by nature wary of humans, but if you encounter an aggressive wild animal, it’s best to remain calm and back away.