Coyote sightings at one-per-day in Niagara-on-the-Lake so far this year


Published January 27, 2023 at 2:39 pm

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With January and February being mating season, Niagara-on-the-Lake residents have reported a staggering 25 coyote sightings so far this month, according the the town’s website calculator.

That nearly one-sighting-per-day pace is the most ever recorded with the town.

“The Town understands there has been concern about coyotes in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Public safety is of the utmost importance to the Town, and we take these concerns very seriously,” says the town.

The town continued, “Coyote sightings are not uncommon in the Niagara Region. They have been a vital part of our ecosystem for many years.”

“By applying common sense, preventative techniques, and being aware of the diversity of wildlife that we share our living spaces with, we can minimize human and wildlife conflict.”

The town notes when coyote sightings increase, as they have through January, “many times, these sightings are due to humans intentionally or unintentionally providing a food source. An overflowing bird feeder, mishandling of compost, and fallen fruit attract a diverse range of prey species such as rodents, squirrels, chipmunks, and insects, which coyotes will utilize as food.”

As well as the January-February mating period, the town’s animal control noted that March through June when coyote pups are being reared will also affect the number of sightings from residents.

If you need to report a coyote signing, check HERE.

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