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Coyotes

CoyoteCoyote sightings are not uncommon in the Niagara Region. They have been a vital part of our ecosystem for many years.  

Important:

  • Wildlife, including coyotes, fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Natural Resources - NOT the City of St. Catharines.
  • The information provided on this webpage is meant purely for educational purposes.
  • The information provided on this page is provided by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Coyote Watch Canada. Links to the websites for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Coyote Watch Canada are listed at the bottom of this webpage. 

How to Prevent Coyotes from Visiting your Property

coyote sniffing garbageWhen coyote sightings increase, many times these sightings are due to humans intentionally or unintentionally providing a food source.

  • Keep pet food and water bowls indoors. Pet food will attract coyotes to your yard.
  • Keep trash cans covered.
  • Put garbage out the morning of collection (not the night before)
  • Pick ripened fruit and clean all rotted fallen fruit off the ground.
  • Do not allow a large amount of wild bird seed to remain on your lawn. Bird seed not only attracts birds, but rabbits, squirrels, and rodents, which are prey for coyotes.
  • Keep pets under strict control. Coyotes are most active between the hours of dusk and dawn. Therefore, leash all dogs and accompany them for walks. Keep pets indoors at night or enclosed in kennels.
  • Keep cats indoors. Letting cats roam can actually draw coyotes into the area.
  • Be a good visitor when outdoors - "leave no trace." Carry out leftover food, garbage and dog feces. 

How to Handle Coyotes

Always be prepared and aware of your surroundings when enjoying the outdoors. If a coyote is near: 

  • Pick up small children and pets
  • Never run from or turn your back on a coyote
  • Slowly back away
  • Wave your arms above your head
  • Be BIG and LOUD! Yell "Go away!"
  • Use hazing techniques such as shaking car keys, popping an umbrella, throwing an object in the direction of the coyote.
  • Carry a flashlight at night

Living with Coyotes

The video below, provided by the Town of Oakville, contains additional tips on living with coyotes.  

How to Report Coyotes

You can report coyotes to Coyote Watch Canada by calling 905.931.2610, completing our coyote reporting form or contacting the Ministry of Natural Resources at 519.826.4419.

  • Reporting coyotes is for tracking purposes only - NOT the removal of coyotes.
  • Information submitted through the coyote reporting form will automatically be shared with Coyote Watch Canada and City staff.

  • Coyote Watch Canada MAY use the information submitted through the online form to map areas of concern (‘hotspots’) so that investigations can be performed.

Consequences of Feeding Wildlife

Feeding wild animals may do more harm than good.

Threats to wildlife

  • Animals can become dependent on artificial food sources
  • Animals can lose their natural fear of humans and pets, becoming more prone to conflict
  • 'Food-conditioning' wildlife impacts their natural foraging and hunting behaviours and may lead to an increase in proximity tolerance to people

  • Wild animals may gather in large numbers when they are being fed — this concentration of animals in one area can spread parasites and disease and cause destruction of natural habitat
  • Feeding animals near roads increases their risk of being hit by vehicles

Threats to people

  • Feeding wildlife may attract "unwanted" animals to your property
  • Animals will learn to associate humans with food, and can become a problem to neighbours
  • Habituated animals can become aggressive
  • Feeding animals near roads increases the risk of motor vehicle accidents, resulting in property damage, injury or death

Resources

Wildlife, including coyotes, fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Natural Resources - NOT the City of St. Catharines. The information provided on this webpage is meant purely for educational purposes

Please refer to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Coyote Watch Canada for additional information on coyotes.

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