The Ministry of Natural Resources is now involved after another bizarre case of coyotes being killed and placed side by side.
On Sunday morning, the bodies of two dead coyotes were found metres away from the Thames River upstream from the bridge on University Drive at Western University. In that case, one of the animals was shot and the other appeared to have been killed by a trap. The animals appeared to be deliberately placed side by side.
The following day, a Strathroy-area woman out hiking came across the bodies of two coyotes – dead, beheaded, and placed side by side just off McGuffin Hills Drive.
On Thursday, the Ministry of Natural Resources announced it would be investigating the case in Parkhill.
“The one at Western, the Campus Police are leading that,” says Jolanta Kowalski, Senior Media Relations Officer for the Ministry of Natural Resources in Toronto.
“But we are aware of it and obviously available to them if needed. The other one, the Parkhill one, we received through a tip to our Tips Line so we are following up on that one but it’s still under investigation so I don’t have any other information at this point to share.”
The investigation is in its early stages and it’s not yet confirmed whether the two incidents are connected. Kowalski says she’s never heard of anything like it.
“Normally hunters wouldn’t cut off the heads of coyotes so that part of it is unusual. I honestly don’t know what’s going on there so that’s why our folks are investigating.”
Anyone with information or who believes they’ve spotted a natural resource violation is asked to call the Tips Line at 1-877-847-7667.