Environment Yukon has issued a warning after a child was approached by three coyotes yesterday afternoon in Porter Creek.
Residents are being advised “that there are coyotes in the area that may pose a risk to humans,” the statement says.
The child was approached yesterday afternoon on Grove Street.
“The child was not harmed and the coyotes were scared away by a parent,” the department says.
Conservation Officers are investigating the incident.
“The public is reminded to be aware of coyotes when out walking or using trails in the Whitehorse area. Keep dogs on leash and manage household attractants by securing garbage and compost against scavengers.”
About an hour earlier, an advisory was issued after a moose was spotted along the Yukon River, by the Millennium Trail between Spook Creek Station and Shipyards Park.
“Moose require lots of space and can become aggressive if they feel threatened. People should keep their distance and enjoy these animals from afar,” the release says.
“Conservation officers also remind residents to keep dogs on a leash when near wildlife. Don’t allow dogs to roam free or chase wildlife in the bush.”
In both cases the public is being reminded to report any unusual animal sightings to the TIPP line at 1-800-661-0525.