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What to do if you see a coyote: tips

TORONTO, Ont. – The City of Toronto said residents who live on or near ravines and forests should expect to have more coyote sightings during winter months.

This is due to the following reasons:

  • They are not hidden by foliage in parks and ravines
  • Coyotes are wary by nature and are more comfortable roaming in residential neighbourhoods when fewer people are outside.
  • January and February are mating season for coyotes, which means coyotes are more active during this time, making them more visible

The city also said coyotes have become a natural part of the urban landscape because of the abundance of food and shelter available to them.

Residents are being urged to keep an eye on their pets while they are outside, as well as children.

Residents are advised to follow these practical steps:

  • Don’t feed a coyote or any wild animal
  • Don’t feed domestic pets outside
  • Ensure all household garbage is inaccessible to animals
  • Place garbage at the curb the morning of the scheduled pick-up
  • Consider using green bins instead of composters for food waste
  • Always supervise pets – keep dogs on a leash and cats indoors
  • Remove dense brush and weeds around property to minimize hiding spots for coyotes

If you encounter a coyote, wave your arms aggressively, make loud noises, and throw objects in its direction (but not at it) to scare it away. If this doesn’t work, back away slowly from the animal, but do not turn your back or attempt to run away.

If the coyote is still not scared away, please call Toronto Animal Services, through 311.