What Residents Should Know about Coyote Denning Season
Environment | March 25, 2021
Mississauga residents might notice an increase in coyote sightings or activity at this time of the year. That’s because coyotes start denning to raise their pups in March and April. Coyotes can create their dens in a variety of areas including the side of hills, tree stumps, underneath patios/decks, in culverts and especially around natural areas or hydro corridors.
In order to protect their young, coyotes will vocalize, growl or act in a defensive manner if they suspect predators or people around their den site. However, coyotes are normally shy and will try to avoid human contact. Mississauga Animal Services would also like to remind residents that coyotes are an important part of our ecosystem as they help control rodent and rabbit populations.
If you suspect there is a coyote den nearby:
Avoid the area.
Keep dogs on a leash (no longer than 6 feet).
Do not litter or dump food, which could attract wildlife.
If you suspect a coyote den to be in an area that may pose a risk to the public, contact Animal Services at 905-896-5858.