Recently there have been quite a few sightings of coyotes in our Toronto neighbourhoods and on the trails in Collingwood. Sadly many pets have been reported missing or worse, taken by the coyote.
What to do if you see a coyote in Toronto?
To report a coyote sighting, call 416-338-PAWS (7297), or email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out an online form.
In Collingwood, contact the Ministry of Natural Resources at 705-725-7500. The town of Collingwood hotline at 705-445-1030 Ext.3257
Here are things to do if you encounter a coyote:
- If you're walking a smaller dog, pick it up. ...
- Make yourself appear the bigger threat. ...
- Do not run or turn your back. ...
- Continue to “haze” the coyote until it leaves the area; then you should go, too.
- The suggestion to haze the coyote changes in February through July.
The simplest method of hazing a coyote involves being loud and large:
- Stand tall, wave your arms, and yell at the coyote, approaching them if necessary, until they run away.
- If a coyote has not been hazed before, they may not immediately run away when you yell at them.
- Use a whistle like the following coyote whistle: https://www.amazon.ca/Fox-40-Sonik-Blast-Lanyard/dp/B004UA66KO
Keeping Your Pets Safe
- Keep dogs on a leash.
- Keep cats indoors or supervised when outside.
- If coyotes are in your area, do not let your pet out into your backyard alone.