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Tips to Avoid Coyote Conflicts

DO NOT FEED COYOTES – FEEDING COYOTES CAUSES AGGRESSION TO HUMANS

  • Educate and/or report person’s leaving food or attractants outdoors, particularly important if you notice coyotes in your area.

PROTECTING YOUR PROPERTY

  • Store garbage indoors until collection day
  • Secure garbage and compost in durable plastic or steel containers with locking lids
  • Remove bird feeders and seed spillage that attracts rodents and their predators
  • Feed pets indoors
  • Clean BBQ grills and tools after each use
  • Trim shrubs and remove rodent habitats such as rock piles or wood piles from your yard
  • Wildlife proof gardens, pick ripened fruit and clean up windfalls
  • Install motion sensor lights or sprinklers
  • Install a 6’ solid fence and extend with mesh underground to prevent burrowing
  • Install coyote rollers on fencing
  • Enclose crawl spaces beneath decks and sheds

PROTECTING YOUR PETS

  • Keep Cats Indoors
  • Keep dogs on a short 5’ leash
  • Do not allow your dog to chase wildlife
  • Check your property for wildlife before letting your pet outside
  • After dark or at dusk take your pet out on a short leash
  • Do not house rabbits, fowl or other pets outdoors
  • Vaccinate your pet against rabies
  • Follow property tip

PROTECTING YOUR FAMILY

  • Never Leave Young Children Unattended
  • Teach children not to approach or harass wildlife or pets
  • Avoid Walking Alone in Areas with Coyotes
  • Avoid Walking at Dusk and Dawn or after Dark
  • Carry Protection - Personal Alarm, Umbrella, Flash light, Cell Phone

IF YOU ENCOUNTER A COYOTE

  • Stay calm and wait until they move away
  • Do not turn your back or run.  (Like dogs, coyotes are hardwired to give chase if you run)
  • If approached, stand tall, waive your arms, make yourself as large as you can.   Clap, yell, shout loudly, make startling movements, throw an object towards the animal.  (Coyotes are hardwired to avoid scary situations or aggressive behaviour)
  • Startle the animal by opening an umbrella, using a flashlight, activating an audible alarm

More: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources






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