London’s AM980 reported that the third pair was found in Ailsa Craig, a community to the northwest of the city.
In a brief statement the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources confirmed that they are investigating the third incident, though they admit their inquiry is in its early stages. The spokesperson also told AM980 that they do not know if the three cases are linked.
It is fair for investigators to be cautious with public statements at this point – there is no definitive proof that these three sets of killings – including an instance of decapitation of two coyotes – are linked. Though from the outside, it certainly appears they are.
All six coyotes have been left in the area surrounding London, Ontario, with two of them on Western University campus. A typical trapper or hunter would have likely taken the skins of the animals, if not the carcasses. Early reports at Western University indicated there was at least one gunshot wound in one of the animals; the cause of death was not determined by necropsy, however.
The facts are few and far between – and the Ministry is not directly involved in the investigation of that first case. But there is an alarming trend here – whomever is responsible – and we’re asking all of our supporters in the area to keep their eyes and ears open. You can report a tip to the Ministry of Natural Resources by calling 1-877-847-7667.
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