Education and awareness of animals in our city is key to preventing coyote attacks. There are many ravines and areas in Ward 32 which can serve as a habitat for wild animals. February is the coyote mating season and it is imperative that we all take extra precautions whenever possible to keep our neighbourhoods safe.
Councillor McMahon encourages everyone to learn more about the wild animals that live in our city and how to live peacefully with them. She is continuing to work with Animal Services on increasing education on coyotes and is currently door knocking in the areas directly affected to raise awareness.
Tips for avoiding human-coyote conflict:
- Clean up around your house and yard to remove attractants such as accessible garbage;
- Teach kids to Be Big (stand up and raise your arms in the air), Be Mean (sound angry, stomp your feet, and throw something at the coyote), Be Loud (yelling “Go Away Coyote” so people nearby will come help), and Never Run;
- Never feed coyotes as they will lose their natural fear of people;
- If you encounter a coyote while walking your dog, gather your dog in your arms. If this is not possible, keep it on a short leash as you move toward an area with increased activity;
- Can clangers and coyote shakers are frugal and easy-to-make methods of coyote prevention.
- Join the Beach Coyote Coalition to learn more about how we can maintain peaceful co-existence in our community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for their upcoming meetings.
Toronto Animal Services are unable to remove a coyote, or any animal, from their natural habitat under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. Councillor McMahon will continue to support policies that balance the safety of Toronto residents with those of wild animals in our city.
For more info on what to do if you encounter a coyote, visit http://www.toronto.ca/animal_services/coyote.htm