Wildlife Safety Tips

There have been some coyote sightings in the Ward 11 community as of late, so I would like to share with you some useful tips, provided by Animal Services, regarding how to safeguard your family and property, and what to do if you encounter a coyote. Coyotes are naturally shy and avoid humans. However, access to human food attractants may cause them to become less fearful of humans, and they may even approach humans looking for handouts of food. An increase in coyote activity is usually related to food availability, whether natural or artificial. Human handouts and food sources cause coyotes to frequent residential streets, parks, and properties in search of food, which increases the potential for negative conflict for both pets and people. Please be advised that the feeding of wildlife is considered a public health and safety issue and is not permitted per Part IV: Section 10 of the Animal Care and Control By-law 0098-04. This By-law states that ” No person shall intentionally feed a wild animal or leave food or attractants of any type or in any form out of doors in such a manner as to attract, or be accessible by, a wild animal, feral or stray domestic animal on private or public property.” Safeguarding Your Family and Pets

  • Never leave young children unattended
  • Teach children not to approach or harass wildlife
  • Avoid walking alone in areas with coyotes
  • Avoid walking at dusk and dawn or after dark
  • Carry protection-personal alarm, umbrella, flash light, cell phone
  • Keep cats and other pets indoors
  • Keep dogs on a short 5′ leash
  • Do not allow your dog to chase wildlife
  • Check your property for wildlife before letting your pet outside
  • Vaccinate your pet against rabies

Safeguarding Your Property

  • Store garbage indoors until collection day
  • Secure garbage and compost in durable plastic or steel containers with locking lids
  • Remove bird feeders and seed spillage that attracts rodents and their predators
  • Feed pets indoors
  • Clean BBQ grills and tools after each use
  • Trim shrubs and remove rodent habitats such as rock piles or wood piles from your yard
  • Wildlife proof gardens, pick ripened fruit and clean up windfalls
  • Install motion sensor lights or sprinklers
  • Install a 6′ solid fence and extend with mesh underground to prevent burrowing
  • Enclose crawl spaces beneath decks and sheds
  • Inspect the house exteriors and windows regularly for defects
  • Inspect vents, planters, light fixtures etc. or any other possible hideouts
  • Report wildlife feeding, illegal dumping, or property standards issues by calling 311

If you encounter a Coyote:

  • Stay calm and wait until they move away
  • Do not turn your back or run. (Like dogs, coyotes are hardwired to give chase if you run)
  • If approached, stand tall, waive your arms and make yourself as large as you can. Clap, yell, shout loudly, make startling movements or throw an object towards the animal. (Coyotes are hardwired to avoid scary situations or aggressive behavior)
  • Startle the animal by opening an umbrella, using a flashlight, activating an audible alarm
  • If you see an aggressive, sick, or injured coyote, call 311 or 905-615-3000 after hours

I hope this information is useful to you and your family. For more information on city wildlife in Mississauga, please visit www.mississauga.ca/citywildlife.

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