Natural Resources Investigating Aggressive Coyote Incident In Bridgewater

Posted on Saturday, December 30, 2017 09:46 AM

Two aggressive coyotes in the Bridgewater area may have to be removed or euthanized.

Department of Natural Resources says a pair of coyotes that approached Bridgewater Police's K9 unit yesterday have likely lost their fear of humans.

 Bridgewater Police Service's K9 unit officer along with PSD Davis were training near the NSCC campus on High Street when the coyotes appeared and acted aggressively.

The two were eventually scared off by the officer.

Bob Petrie, director of wildlife with the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, says coyotes are a natural part of Nova Scotia's environment and often present even in urban areas.

"It's not uncommon to see them in or near towns, when we become concerned is when we see bold behaviour being exhibited."

Petrie says DNR officers are investigating the situation and will likely bring a trapper in.

"Coyotes should normally exhibit a natural fear of people and to be bold in this situation shows they are losing their fear of people."

Because of that lack of fear, the coyotes may need to be euthanized.

The public is advised to keep pets on leashes and if approached by a coyote to act big, make noise and back away.