Coyote Sightings - Fast Facts

          Lately I have heard a lot about coyote sightings in our area, especially around the waterfront. Coyotes like to live in cities, and they help to control our rodent populations. While they are always around, we are more inclined to see them around the winter/spring times because they are exposed by a lack of foliage. They are also typically more active during this time period as their mating season falls in the late winter months. While it may be alarming to cross paths with a coyote, here are some tips to stay safe.

Residents should follow these steps to minimize their negative encounters with coyotes:

- Avoid feeding them. Feeding wild animals, including coyotes is detrimental and can
  create problems throughout the neighbourhood.

- Avoid feeding your pets outdoors.

- Ensure that all household garbage is inaccessible to animals.

- Place garbage out on the morning of the scheduled pickup, rather than the night

- Always supervise pets – keep dogs on a leash and keep cats indoors or supervised
  when outside.

The City has a strategy for dealing with coyotes which includes public education, bylaws prohibiting feeding wildlife, and criteria for the removal of coyotes, if necessary.

If you see a coyote doing the following, call 311:
- Approaching dogs or people
- Exploring a home or a building far from a large park or open area
- Limping or staggering or with paralyzed hind legs
- Acting confused around non-living objects
- Biting pets
- If you find an injured or sick coyote

When a coyote is injured or sick, Toronto Animal Services will investigate to determine whether the coyote can recover on its own or be captured and brought to a wildlife rehabilitation facility. In accordance with the Fish and Wildlife conservation Act, the coyote will be located back into the area from which it was captured when it has recovered.

For more information please call 311 or visit,