There have been quite a few sightings of coyotes in our ward lately, so I wanted to provide you with some information on how to safely co-exist with these wild animals.
In addition to the link provided above, I spoke with an Information Access Officer with The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, to obtain the following suggestions to help keep you, your family and pets safe.
According to the Officer, if these coyotes are trapped, a new pack will move in. They are very prevalent in the central and southern Ontario regions. The best thing to do is to show these animals that your private property is not a welcoming area by making noise (banging pots, blowing a whistle, etc.) if you see them near your yard. It is a good idea to bring a whistle when walking in wooded areas as well to scare them if you see them.
Keep your pets on a leash at all times when walking through the Ardagh Bluffs or other wooded areas. Coyotes will quickly see your pet (especially if small) as food and instinctively attempt to take your pet.
Make sure your yard is properly fenced especially if you let your pet(s) outside without supervision. Fill all gaps at the bottom of your fence and if possible have a 6ft fence for the best protection. If you can’t do this, consider making a secure pet pen/area for them.
Do not leave food out to attract them for photography. This will obviously encourage them to return.
If at any point there is an immediate danger, call 911.
I hope that this information helps to keep you, family, pets and and our wildlife safe.