A coyote was shot and killed by police officers Monday night in a wooded area in Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighbourhood.

Police say they spotted the coyote in Wellesley Park.

Toronto Police Sgt. Jeff Douglas said the animal was acting aggressively.

"It was showing its fangs, and teeth,” he said. “It just seemed a little bit peculiar that it wasn't afraid of the officers or anyone else in the area.”

The first shot only wounded the animal. It ran to a nearby ravine where police shot it again, killing it.

Douglas said it's likely the same coyote spotted just a few days ago just south of Cabbagetown.

"We believe it's the one from Regent Park,” said Douglas.

Gillian Scarfe walks her dog around Wellesley Park nearly every evening.

But for the last few nights she's been anxiously looking over her shoulder after she had a close encounter with a coyote.

"I've been tentative walking by here the last couple of nights, just in case it came out again ... so probably a bit of relief."

It's the second time officers have shot a coyote in the last year. In April another one was shot near Cherry Beach.

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UNUSUAL ANIMALS
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  • Wombat

    It poops cubes!! Enough said. Okay, I’ll say a little more … but mostly about the poop. This small nocturnal marsupial is native only to Australia, where it feeds on grasses, herbs, bark, and roots … and then it poops cubes! How and why does the wombat poop cubes? Well, they have special bones in their backsides that allow them to squeeze and form their feces into a fancy, six-sided shape. They often defecate on the tops of rocks and logs to help mark their path home. And they don’t want their trail markers to roll away. And that’s why it poops cubes!

  • Tardigrade

    And you thought the cockroach was indestructible. The tardigrade—a water-dwelling, microscopic, eight-legged creature—can survive temperatures of over 300 deg F and under -400 deg F. It can also tolerate 1,000 times more radiation than any other animal. And just out of curiosity, tardigrades were taken into the airless, gravityless vacuum of outer space to see how they would hold up. Not only did they survive, but they also laid eggs!

  • Solendon

    The solenodon is one of the most unusual (and unfortunately, most threatened) mammals on the planet. Although they once lived all over North America, the solenodon is now found only on the islands of Hispaniola and Cuba. With its long, flexible snout, it can sniff around holes and crevices where insects, worms, and other invertebrates might be hiding. And then, with a deadly, venomous bite, the solenodon quickly incapacitates its prey.

  • Mole

    There’s really no mistaking this unusual creature. But just in case you weren’t sure, the star-nosed mole can be identified by the 22 fleshy tentacles protruding from its snout. It uses these appendages to feel its way around and identify food. Very useful, considering the animal is essentially blind. This mole is also an excellent swimmer, and often searches for food along the bottoms of streams. To do this, the star-nosed mole blows bubbles underwater, pushing the bubbles just far enough to touch whatever it is trying to identify, and then sucks the bubble back into its nose. That way it can sniff underwater!

  • Leafy sea dragon

    I’d like to start with the leafy seadragon. This guy almost made the cover of the book, but was trumped by the axolotl. Nonetheless, it has remained one of my favorites creatures of all time. The leafy seadragon is by far the most elaborate-looking fish in the syngnathid family (which, as you probably guessed, also includes seahorses). With its plant-like protuberances, it is able to easily stay camouflaged among its surrounding. Also of unusual note: like the seahorse, it’s the male leafy seadragon that cares for the eggs. After the female deposits 200-plus eggs onto the male’s tale, the male leafy seadragon carries them around for the next 9 weeks, while the female is off playing poker and smoking cigars.

  • Blob fish

    The blobfish pretty much wins the couch-potato-of-the-sea award. Found primarily off the coast of Australia and Tasmania, and living at depths of up to 2,500 feet, this jelly-like fish sits around and waits for small crustaceans and brine to float into its mouth. And that’s why it rules! Despite it’s seemingly easy-going existence, it has a rather saddened look. Perhaps this is because it faces extinction due to fishing trawlers pulling up way more than they actually need. Then again, perhaps it just needs some exercise.

  • Bar headed goose

    A book on unusual creatures just wouldn’t be complete without at least a few wacky birds. And while the bar-headed goose doesn’t have much of an unusual appearance, it still makes the cut, and for good reasons. This goose is found in groups of thousands, in central Asia, where it migrates long distance every year, just like any other bird. The difference, however, with this spectacular creatures, is that it makes its journey over the Himalayas, which rise to 29,029 feet! At this altitude, winds soar up to 200 miles per hour, and the air is so thin that helicopters cannot fly, and the air is cold enough to freeze skin instantly. And in case that wasn’t impressive enough, the bar-headed goose makes the Himalayan portion of the trip in a single effort that takes just 8 hours.

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