By Gisele Shaw
Friday, February 5, 2016 10:45 am ·  0 Comments
Following a community open house held last month to address residents’ concerns about recent coyote sightings, the town has stepped up measures to help minimize human-coyote conflicts.
“There is an understandable concern when coyotes become habituated. There are a number of things we can all do that, if embraced by the entire community, can ensure a more peaceful coexistence with not just coyotes but all wildlife,” said Cindy Toth, director of Environmental Policy for the Town of Oakville.
Coyotes are typically not considered to be a significant risk to people, but intentional and unintentional feeding, tolerating them on our property, and allowing pets to roam freely contribute to coyotes losing their inhibitions and fear of people.
Since the public meeting on January 20, the town has:
OMHS and Halton Regional Police Services (HRPS) continue to patrol areas where coyotes are most visible to ensure safety and attempt to haze or capture problem, sick or injured animals.
Hazing is a method used to instill a fear of humans in coyotes and make your property unwelcome. This includes shouting, using noise makers, waving your arms aggressively, and throwing objects in the direction of the coyote, remembering the goal is to frighten, not harm the animal. Keeping garbage, compost, brush piles, pet food and bird feeders inaccessible also makes your property unattractive to a coyote.
The OMHS continues to respond to calls from the public and sightings reported through the town’s coyote reporting form. Residents can report a coyote sighting or discover where coyotes have been sighted through the reporting form and mapping feature at oakville.ca.
For more information on how to co-exist with wildlife, visit the environment section at oakville.ca.