The Information Night on January 20, 2016 at St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School heard about coyote behaviour and what we all need to do to ensure a peaceful coexistence with wildlife in our community.
These tips can help alleviate conflicts and discourage coyotes from approaching people and private property:
* Never feed a coyote. Ensure garbage, compost and pet food are inaccessible.
* Do not leave food waste in community garbage cans. This encourages coyotes and other wildlife to frequent parks, sidewalks and school grounds to find food.
* Discourage coyotes from entering your property by consistently frightening them away. This is called “hazing”. Use motion sensor lights, spray with a hose, throw sticks or small objects, make lots of noise.
* Do not approach or attempt to tame or let your dog play with a coyote.
* Keep pets on leash as per town by-laws. Supervise them when they are in the yard. Cats should not be permitted to roam freely.
* If you encounter a coyote, waive your arms, shout, and act aggressively towards it. If approached while walking a small dog, pick your dog up and slowly back away while continuing to make loud noise. Do not turn your back on a coyote.
* If a coyote poses an immediate risk to safety, call 911.
Please report coyote sightings and activity through this Form (Click here)
If there is an immediate risk to safety call 911 as the reporting system is not designed to respond to these types of calls.
For more information please follow the link to the town website page on Coyotes (Click Link)