Coyote denning season means encounters will be on the rise in Oshawa and Durham Region

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Published March 12, 2024 at 3:28 pm

March means denning season for coyotes and that means a lot more potential encounters with the wild canines and they seek out a den to rear the pups to come.

To ensure coyotes don’t choose to make their home too close to your home residents and property owners are encouraged to wildlife-proof their property.

Winter months are the mating period for coyotes, while in March they begin seeking out a den to rear their pups, with the next generation appearing later this month or in April.

The City of Oshawa has a few tips to minimize negative encounters and ensure the pups have the best chance of survival:

  • Remove food attractants from your yard – secure your garbage, keep pet food indoors, clean up spilled bird seed and fallen fruits.
  • Keep your property clean – trim back bushes and weeds, scoop your dog poop, keep your barbeque area clean.
  • Secure your home and sheds – seal openings into and under buildings, decks and porches.
  • Keep your dog on a leash and closely supervise them when they are outdoors.
  • Bring your pets in at night.

If you suspect a coyote den is nearby you are asked to contact Service Oshawa online at service.oshawa.ca, by email to [email protected] or by telephone at (905) 436-3311 and to avoid the area. It is also recommended that your dog be kept on a leash no longer than six feet.

If you do meet up with a coyote, the City advises you first stop and pick up small children and pets and to stand still – never run from or turn your back on a coyote.

  • Make yourself big, wave your arms above your head.
  • Be loud and assertive.
  • Slowly back away, keeping an eye on the animal.

The City only responds to reports of urban wildlife (such as raccoons, skunks or bats) living on private property if the animal appears sick or injured. Complaints and inquiries regarding urban wildlife should be directed to a qualified wildlife or pest control service. Additional information and resources on urban wildlife are available on the City’s Wildlife webpage.

Coyote Watch Canada will make a presentation to Oshawa Council March 26. For more details, visit the City’s website.

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