City services | February 18, 2022
Winter season is mating season for coyotes. During this time (January and February), residents may see or encounter coyotes more frequently in their neighbourhood, including in parks and trails as coyotes wander to find their mate.
Coyotes play an important role in an urban ecosystem as they help control rodents and other wildlife populations. They become attracted to communities because of food and shelter.
Residents can safely coexist with coyotes at any time of the year with the proper awareness and understanding of how to stay safe.
Do not feed wildlife
Wildlife feeding is the main cause of bold coyote behaviour. When a coyote becomes dependent on food people provide, they tend to lose their fear of people and are not afraid to approach them. Residents are reminded to not feed, leave food out intentionally or approach any wildlife including coyotes. All wildlife should obtain their food naturally.
Protect your pets
If you encounter a coyote
Keep coyotes off your property
As mating season ends around March, residents should also be aware of denning season (March and April) in the spring when coyotes begin to raise their pups.
Residents can report coyote sightings using the City’s online sightings map. The map helps Animal Services target areas for patrols and community outreach. If you see a coyote that is sick, injured or not keeping a safe distance, call Mississauga Animal Services at 905-896-5858.
To learn more about Animal Services and urban wildlife, visit mississauga.ca/animalservices.
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