Coyotes – What to do if you see one

It is not at all uncommon to see coyotes in the city, especially in areas which are close to forested and agricultural areas.  At this time of year in particular, they do come into our more urban areas looking for food.  They will not harm humans but pets, especially smaller ones, may be vulnerable so should be kept under control at all times.

Living with Coyotes

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If a coyote is seen in a community, residents can contact the City or the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) to report the sighting. The MNR is building a database of sightings, the information from which may be helpful to the MNR and the City in future to help identify areas of the City where public awareness may be beneficial.

Ministry of Natural Resources: 613-258-8204

If you feel that the coyote is a safety threat, please contact Ottawa Police Service at 613-236-1222.

Under the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act it is illegal to trap and relocate any wild animal beyond close proximity to the point of capture.  

It is instead recommended to try and reduce their interest in your property by taking measures to remove food sources.

Additional information can be found at the links below.

 http://wildlifeinfo.ca/prevention.html.

http://ontariospca.ca/what-we-do/humane-education/wildlife/fact-sheets.html

http://ontariospca.ca/images/factsheets/coyotes.pdf

http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/FW/2ColumnSubPage/STDPROD_088694.html