Oakville residents encouraged to report coyote sightings

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Published December 30, 2022 at 12:46 pm

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The Town of Oakville is encouraging residents to use its Coyote Reporting Form after spotting a coyote, which can help to identify areas where there are multiple sightings or concerns.

This comes as a result of coyote sightings becoming more common across Halton Region and the Town of Oakville, particularly in the winter months during mating season.

Along with reporting sightings to help the Town identify areas with coyotes, residents are also encouraged to contact the Oakville & Milton Humane Society if a coyote looks sick or injured.

While coyotes do a great deal of good for ecosystems, they are by nature, predators. They have been known to hunt small animals in neighbourhoods which can include cats and small dogs in extreme cases.

Although coyotes are naturally wary of humans, they will seek food and shelter in residential neighbourhoods when the opportunity arises. It’s important never to feed coyotes as this can cause them to become too familiar with humans and lead to aggressive behaviour.

As a result, residents are encouraged to store garbage, compost and pet food in a place coyotes cannot access, supervise animals when they are in the yard and clean up after their dogs as coyotes are attracted to dog feces.

Due to the fact that coyotes can view pets as a threat to their territory, residents are reminded never to leave their pets unattended, especially at night, even in a fenced backyard.

Residents who encounter a coyote may also practice hazing to let the coyote know they are not welcome.

They are also encouraged to appear aggressive by standing tall, waving their arms, shouting, clapping their hands and making a lot of noise.

It’s important to never turn your back on, or run from a coyote, however, and back away if you come across pups in the area.

To report a coyote sighting in Oakville, click here.

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