Increased sightings of coyotes in Canada’s largest city are normal, and there is no cause for alarm, the City of Toronto is telling residents.
The responsible release, which offers information on co-existence, typical behaviour, and the City’s escalation policy, was issued following an apparent increase in reported sightings of coyotes.
“Toronto residents who live near ravines and forests – typical coyote habitat – can expect an increase in coyote sightings during this time of year,” the release says. “Coyotes are active day and night, but prefer to hunt after dusk or before dawn.”
The City provided some basic tips to promote co-existence and prevent conflict, including keeping dogs on leash when on walks, and supervised when outdoors, removing attractants such as pet food and securing waste, and, not feeding wildlife.
“The City has a coyote response strategy that it follows when dealing with coyotes that includes public education, a bylaw that prohibits feeding of wildlife and criteria for the removal of coyotes, if necessary,” the release explains. “A bite on another animal is not grounds for removal, as this is normal coyote behaviour.
“Coyotes have become a natural part of the urban landscape in Toronto and are an important part of the ecosystem as they control rodent and rabbit populations,” the City concluded. “They thrive in urban areas because of the abundance of food and shelter available to them.”
The City of Toronto deserves recognition for promoting co-existence and compassion for wildlife in an urban environment. The Fur-Bearers congratulate Toronto, and all communities that strive for ensuring the safety and well-being of all families – including the animals.
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