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​​Why do we see them?

The main lure for a coyote to enter urban areas is usually food. Once they find a source of food or associate food with people or the setting, they can become habituated. Managing attractants is the best way to avoid conflicts and property damage. This includes things like garbage and pet foods, but they may also view domestic cats and small dogs as a food source as well. Coyotes can also be drawn to a property by dog food and feces.

Clean up after your pets

We advise that people clean up after their pets, do not store food, treats or bones outside, do not leave dogs out unsupervised at night in areas that may be accessible by coyotes and ensure that when walking in wooded areas or areas with sightings that dogs are on a leash for safety.  

Feeding smaller wildlife, such as mice and squirrels at birdfeeders, can also bring larger predators in.

Property Damage

Where coyotes are causing property damage, landowners have the option of harassing, moving or killing the wildlife, either themselves or through an agent, provided their actions abide by all municipal bylaws.

If you see a coyote in your neighbourhood, please call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 and/or Huronia Animal Control at 705-549-2289.​

​​​A coyote looking at the camera

 Coyote/Wildlife Resources

Living with Wildlife: Coyote-proofing your Property

​People and wild animals live side by side in Ontario. 
Preventing a problem is a far better solution than dealing with wildlife after a conflict.

As a property owner, you have a role in making sure you are not attracting wildlife to your property that you don’t want there.​

Click here​ for tips on preventing encounters.​

Feeding wildlife: Dos and Don’ts

​Information on how feeding wild animals may do more harm than good, with tips on how to prevent them from feeding in and around your property.​

Click here​ for more information.

Property Damage

Harass, capture or kill a wild animal damaging private property

What you can do if a wild animal is causing damage to personal property.​

Click here​ for details.

Wild Animal Control: Rules for municipalities

​The rules for municipalities that want to use licensed hunters or trappers to hunt or trap some species of wild animals in their communities.​

​Click here for rules​ in Ontario.

Coyote Watch

​Coyote Watch Canada is an all volunteer, Federal Not-For-Profit community-based, wildlife organization which advocates positive human-wildlife experiences with a focus on canids. Effective community outreach is achieved through education, research, mediation, intervention, and conflict resolution.​

For more information click here​.