Milton residents have been told: Don’t feed the coyotes

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Published January 12, 2023 at 3:41 pm

Milton residents are fascinated with coyotes.

It seems a day doesn’t go by when social media and online forums light up with news about coyote sightings and encounters within the town.

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But coexisting with these wild creatures takes some work and the advice of most experts is to just leave them alone.

Coyotes are very active during winter months, especially around dawn and dusk, and, because Milton is surrounded by forests and plenty of green space, residents here encounter them more often than those in other communities.

As such, the Town of Milton has issued an advisory and how to live side-by-side with coyotes.

The most important tip is not to feed them. Store garbage/compost/pet food in places they can’t access.

As well, don’t leave your pet unattended, even in the backyard. Coyotes are always on the prowl for food and it doesn’t matter how big or fast you think your dog or cat is, they are a target for one or a pack that is on the hunt.

Coyotes are also attracted to dog feces so make sure to pick up after your pet.

If you encounter a coyote on your property or when out for a walk:

  • Appear aggressive: stand tall, wave your arms, shout, clap your hands and make a lot of noise
  • Keep pets attended and on leash
  • Do not turn your back on, or run from, a coyote
  • If you see pups or suspect there are pups in the area or if the coyote is not easily frightened away, keep your dog on a short leash, pick up small pets and children, and back away from the area
  • Do not leave food waste in park garbage as this may attract rodents and coyotes

 

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