Brampton coyote tracker launches to help keep pets and people safe

Published November 22, 2022 at 10:04 am

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There’s a new online tool for Brampton residents to help keep their pets and property safe from wily urban coyotes.

The City has launched its coyote sighting tracker. The online portal allows Bramptonians to report coyote activity on an interactive map, including sightings, identified food sources, mangy, sick or injured coyotes, and even coyote dens.

The map will also track reported pet conflicts and education information on coyotes.

The online tool is only for reporting, and the City is reminding residents to call 311 if you require assistance with a sick or injured animal, or a coyote that is posing a risk to the public.

Here are some helpful tips fro what to do if you encounter a coyote:

  • Stop: pick up children and small pets if necessary
  • Stand still: Never run from a coyote
  • Make yourself bigger: Appear aggressive, stand tall, wave your arms high in the air
  • Be loud and assertive: Shout, stomp your feet or clap your hands. Carry a noise maker i.e. whistle, plastic bag or umbrella to make a popping sound
  • Fight back: Throw some sticks or rocks in the general direction of the coyote to scare and deter. Do not throw it directly at the coyote
  • Slowly back away: Maintain eye contact and remember, never run
  • Call 911 if there is an immediate threat to public safety

Mike Mulick, manager with Brampton Animal Services, says the online tracker will help to keep residents informed and safe as coyote sightings are becoming more common in the city and surrounding areas.

Back in August, Brampton Animal Services were called to a home after receiving reports of a coyote hanging out in someone’s backyard.

Animal Control Officers located a lethargic canine sitting in the backyard who was very weak and covered in ticks.

The sickly coyote was given the name of Chester, who was then transported to the Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge north of Toronto to get the proper care he needed.

Chester was later released back into the wilds of Brampton where coyotes can thrive in rural areas.

To view the interactive map and for more information on coyotes in Brampton click here.

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