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Coyotes are attracted to our communities by food and shelter. Find out what to do if you come across a coyote and how to protect yourself and your pets.

Protecting your pets from coyotes

  • Keep a close eye on pets when you let them in your yard
  • Go outside with your pet when they’re in the yard
  • When walking your pet, keep them on a five-foot leash

If you encounter a coyote

  • Stay calm and wait until it goes away
  • Do not turn your back or run. Like dogs, coyotes chase anything that runs.
  • If a coyote approaches, stand tall, waive your arms, clap, yell, make startling movements or throw an object at it to scare it away
  • Startle the animal by opening an umbrella, using a flashlight or activating an audible alarm

You can also use our interactive coyote map to check if coyotes have been seen in your neighbourhood, and report your own sightings.

If you see an aggressive, sick or injured coyote, call 905-896-5858.

Find out how the City responds to coyote incidents.