Coyotes are a risk to your pets and children. They are scared of humans by nature. In rural areas, they hunt sheep, poultry and calves. In urban areas, they damage garden crops, go through garbage and prey on pets such as cats and small dogs.

How to keep coyotes off your property

Here are some suggestions:

  • Surround your property with a solid fence that is 1.8 metres (6 feet) high.
  • Get rid of bird feeders.  They attract birds, squirrels and rodents, which may attract coyotes. 
  • Keep your cat inside your house and keep your dog on a short leash or in your yard.

What to do if you see a coyote

If your home is near a wooded area, ravine or a new residential area where coyotes have been living it is not unusual to see a coyote.

  • Stay calm if a coyote approaches you and wait until they move on.
  • Shout, clap your hands together or make a loud noise to scare coyotes away. 
  • Tell your children to stay away from coyotes and other wildlife.
  • Call Animal Services at 905-574-3433 to report injured or dead wildlife.