Rescue mission aborted after ‘injured dog’ turns out to be coyote

A coyote huddled up on the ice of the Cataraqui River near the LaSalle Causeway on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Photo by First Response Media.

Kingston Fire and Rescue are reminding residents not to venture out onto the ice after a Monday morning rescue call resulted in crews retreating back to the main land.

Members of Kingston Fire and Rescue ventured out onto the ice of the Cataraqui River near the LaSalle Causeway after receiving a call from a concerned citizen regarding an injured dog on the ice at approximately 10:18 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. The crews quickly discovered that the animal was, in fact, a coyote, and aborted the rescue mission in order to maintain the safety of the firefighters.

“Respecting the health and safety of our first responders, a rescue was not attempted. Kingston Fire and Rescue is in the process of contacting the Ministry of Natural Resources to follow-up on this situation,” Kingston Fire and Rescue said. “Residents are being advised to stay off the ice.”

An ice thickness guide as shared by Kingston Fire and Rescue on social media on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020.

Kingstonist reached out to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for comment on the matter.

“Public safety is our number one priority and, while the ministry appreciates the kindness of Ontarians, we advise the public and our staff not to place themselves at risk attempting to save wild animals,” said Jolanta Kowalski, Senior Media Relations Officer with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

According to some witnesses, the coyote seems to have moved from its original location, but it is not clear where the coyote went, or if it is, in fact, injured.

Kingstonist will continue to monitor this situation and update this article if more information becomes available.

The coyote as seen from the LaSalle Causeway on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Photo by First Response Media.
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