Increased winter coyote sightings in Oakville are normal

Friday, January 13, 2012 – for immediate release

Increased winter coyote sightings in Oakville are normal

Information night to be held for residents

Coyotes are regularly sighted in Oakville along our ravines and parklands. The coyotes are present throughout the year, but over the winter months, you may hear about increased sightings for several reasons:

Coyotes can be spotted in parks and ravines more easily in the winter months as there is less foliage for them to hide behind
Coyotes feel more comfortable roaming in residential neighbourhoods in the winter as there are fewer people outside
Coyotes mate in January and February, which means coyotes are more active during this time, making them more visible

To help residents better understand how we can coexist with coyotes, the Town of Oakville will be hosting a coyote information night on January 31, 2012. This information night will provide residents with facts about coyotes, ways to critically evaluate wildlife news stories and offer steps to ensure a peaceful coexistence with our local wildlife.

Generally, coyotes are shy animals that avoid human interaction. They exist in urban areas because of the abundance of food and shelter. Therefore, it is imperative to keep these simple tips in mind:

Never feed a coyote. While there have been no incidents of a coyote nipping or scratching a human in the Oakville area, feeding encourages more aggressive behaviour
Do not approach a coyote as it will encourage them to return and overtime they will lose their fear of humans
If you encounter a coyote, make noise and act aggressively towards it. Do not run away or turn your back on them. A coyote is hardwired to run from aggressive actions. While they may stop and observe, they will eventually run
While walking pets (particularly in winter and spring) please keep them leashed for safety. Cats should not be left outdoors alone.

Visit the Featured Wildlife page to learn more about coyotes.


Media contact

Donna Doyle
Senior Environmental Policy Analyst
905-845-6601, ext. 3898

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor

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Increased winter coyote sightings in Oakville are normal