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Coyotes and Foxes - Did you Know?

Foxes and coyotes are a necessary and important part of our City's ecosystem. In the last few years a mange pandemic has drastically reduced coyote and fox populations throughout Ontario and as a result rodent and rabbit populations have increased dramatically.

Recently, however, sightings of both foxes and coyotes have increased in Mississauga which indicates that they are making their natural comeback.

As winter approaches natural prey such as mice and rabbits become scarce which means both coyotes and foxes must increase their hunting activity.

Although, coyotes or foxes do not normally pose a risk to humans, coyotes will attack or prey upon unattended, unleashed or outdoor pets.

HOW CAN I PROTECT MY PETS?

  • Do not leave garbage, bird seed or pet food outdoors.
  • Do not house rabbits, fowl or other pets outdoors.
  • Check your yard for wildlife before letting your pet outdoors.
  • Always keep dogs leashed on a maximum 6' leash.
  • Keep cats indoors, particularly between dusk and dawn.
  • Vaccinate pets against rabies.
  • Do not feed wild animals.

HOW CAN I PROTECT MY FAMILY?

  • Should you come in close proximity with a coyote or fox make yourself as large as you can and yell and shout loudly, waiving your arms.  Startling behaviour is the most effective way to scare them off.  (Never use this tactic with a dog)
  • Carry an umbrella that you can open and use as a shield if approached.
  • Carry a personal, audible alarm to alert neighbours and/or startle the animal.

WHEN SHOULD I CALL ANIMAL SERVICES?

  • If a wild animal is sick, injured or acting strange.
  • If you or your pet is bitten or attacked by a wild animal.
  • If you notice someone feeding wildlife, especially coyotes or foxes.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about wildlife.

CONTACT ANIMAL SERVICES AT:

Weekdays: 905-896-5858
Evenings, Weekends and Holidays: 905-615-3000

VISIT OUR WEB SITE

To learn more about coyotes and foxes and how you can protect your pets visit our web site at www.mississauga.ca/animalservices

Q&A

Can coyotes or foxes be trapped and relocated?

Coyotes are extremely intelligent and almost impossible to live trap. Subsequently, licensed trappers employ the use of leg hold traps and snares to catch coyotes. This is not always a suitable option for heavily populated urban centres due to the danger these traps may pose to pets and humans. Current legislation prohibits the re-location of wildlife from home territories, subsequently; trapped animals must be released in the same area or destroyed.

For over a century coyotes have been persecuted and actively hunted and still they manage to increase in numbers and territory due to their ability to adapt to a changing environment. Experts agree removal of one animal from an established territory will only create a vacuum for another animal to fill and depending on food availability that newly established animal may have larger litters.

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Mississauga News - Coyotes Make A Come Back






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