Members of a Mississauga community have grown concerned after several diseased coyotes were spotted roaming around a Clarkson area neighbourhood. According to The Toronto Star, a number of coyotes with mange have been located around the area of Truscott Dr., Clarkson Rd., and Hindhead Rd. Ward 2 Councillor Karen Ras noted that the animals, who are suffering from open sores and fur patches, have often been spotted during the daytime.

Locals have been posting pictures on Twitter of the coyotes in an attempt to provide animal services with sighting updates.

Some residents have even volunteered to place traps in their yards. Both Toronto Wildlife Centre and Mississauga Animal Services are working together to catch and treat the coyotes; their goal is to release the animals in the future.

Mange is defined as “a skin disease of mammals caused by parasitic mites and occasionally communicable to humans. It typically causes severe itching, hair loss, and the formation of scabs and lesions.”

Thankfully, there have yet to be any confirmed cases of the diseases spreading to residents of the area.

So far, two coyotes have been captured this season, with a third one almost being caught last week. However, it later escaped.

Ras told the Star that trapping a coyote can be difficult, “the problem is you need a human to be there, because of resources you can’t have some on-hand all day.”

“It does take a lot of community, city, and not-for-profit resources to try to manage this issue.”

Back in November, a coyote was spotted in Bronte Creek Provincial Park, with its head stuck in a large plastic container.

The situation was later brought to the attention of the Oakville Humane Society, who successfully captured the animal and removed the container.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Toronto Wildlife Centre at 416-615-3000, or the animal services dispatch number 905-615-3000 to report sightings.

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