Town to hold coyote information night January 31

Friday, January 20, 2012 – for immediate release

Town to hold coyote information night January 31

St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre, 7-9 p.m.

To help residents better understand coyotes in our community, the Town of Oakville will be hosting a coyote information night, Tuesday, January 31 from 7-9 p.m. at St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre, 1280 Dundas Street West.

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. A Ministry of Natural Resources coyote expert will be a featured speaker, and the Oakville and Milton Humane Society (OMHS) will also be participating to help address community concerns.

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

Generally, coyotes are shy animals. 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. 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.

The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) helps landowners and municipalities deal with human-wildlife conflicts by providing information on managing problem animals and making referrals to appropriate agencies and wildlife control agents. The town will be working closely with the MNR and OMHS to collect information that will help determine why recent coyote incidents occurred.

For more information on coyotes, visit the featured wildlife page.


Media contact

Cindy Toth
Director, Environmental Policy 
905-845-6601, ext. 3299

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor

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Town to hold coyote information night January 31