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.
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.