What to do if you encounter a coyote in Milton


Published February 2, 2022 at 10:10 am

Coyote sightings have become more and more common across Halton Region and the Town of Milton, particularly in the winter months during mating season.

As a result, many residents are often left with questions about these animals and how to deal with them.

Although coyotes are naturally wary of humans, they will seek food and shelter in residential neighbourhoods when the opportunity arises.

It’s important to remember never to feed coyotes which can cause them to become too familiar with humans and lead to aggressive behaviour.

The Town of Milton suggests storing garbage, compost and pet food in a place coyotes cannot access, supervising animals when they are in the yard and cleaning up after your dog as coyotes are attracted to dog feces.

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.

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.

Milton residents who encounter a coyote should practice hazing to let the coyote know they are not welcome.

Additionally, the Town of Milton suggests that residents 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 and back away if you come across pups in the area.

For more information on how to protect yourself from coyotes in Milton, click here.

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