If you happen to cross paths with a coyote in Toronto this winter, don’t stress.
The city is reminding residents who live near ravines and forests – typical coyote habitat – that they can expect an increase in coyote sightings during this time of year.
Residents are also reminded that coyotes are active day and night, but prefer to hunt after dusk or before dawn.
To keep you and your pet safe this winter, the city recommends the following:
- Do not feed coyotes, either deliberately or inadvertently. Ensure all food you may have with you (human snacks or dog treats) are packed away securely.
- Keep your dog close to you and on a leash, especially in areas where coyotes are known to live.
- Don’t walk your dog in ravine habitats, especially in the spring when coyotes have pups.
- Be aware of your surroundings and what your dog is doing.
Don’t let your dog chase or play with a coyote.
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According to the city, when a coyote is injured or sick, Toronto Animal Services will investigate to determine whether it can recover on its own or be captured and brought to a wildlife rehabilitation facility.
In accordance with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, the coyote will be located back into the area from which it was captured when it has recovered.
Coyotes have become a natural part of the urban landscape in Toronto and are an important part of the ecosystem as they control rodent and rabbit populations. They thrive in urban areas because of the abundance of food and shelter available to them.