Town of Oakville hosts virtual coyote information session
Published March 17, 2022 at 11:07 am
More and more coyotes are wandering into Oakville neighbourhoods leading to unnerving confrontations for families and dangerous outcomes for their pets.
The Town of Oakville is hosing a virtual Coyote information session on March 31 to answer questions and inform local residents how to deal with the wild animals.
Facts about urban coyotes will be provided along with tips on how to respond to sightings and coexist and reduce coyote conflicts.
When: Thursday, March 31, 2022
Where: Please pre-register for the virtual meeting by visiting the Coyotes page at oakville.ca. Once registration is complete, you will receive an email providing you with the link to join the meeting following your registration. To follow along without participating, watch our live stream on YouTube. If you have questions, please submit them ahead of the meeting by emailing [email protected]
Who: Town staff
Representative from Coyote Watch Canada
Representative from Oakville & Milton Human Society
- Coyotes are found in every urban centre in North America. Many people think it is unusual to see coyotes on a town road or sidewalk, however it’s actually very common. Much like foxes, squirrels, raccoons and other animals, they have found a permanent home in urban areas.
- Late January to mid-February is mating season. Spring is pupping season. Coyotes may be dispersing during this time looking for a potential mate and den site. During the COVID-19 pandemic, coyotes may have been more noticeable as more of us are at home and out walking during the day.
- Coyotes are not considered to be a significant risk to people, but seeing one on your property or while out for a walk can be unnerving. There are steps we can take to avoid conflicts with coyotes.
- The town has a coyote management program in place which includes public education. When we are all more knowledgeable of our wildlife and act responsibly and respectfully, it is easier to coexist.
- Check out this short video for tips on how to coexist and reduce conflict.