• Mario Carr

Coyotes almost everywhere near Appleby Line


Coyotes seen almost everywhere on a daily basis are sitting on lawns in southeast Burlington close to News Street.

In a July 30 interview with CHCH-TV, local residences Chris Vogel and Jim Matz were even chased by the animals and are concerned about the safety of children in the area. They would like the City to do something about the problem. The interview can be seen here.

Ward 5 Councilor Paul Sharman has received a number of emails and phone calls about a particularly persistent female coyote that has taken up residence south of New Street with her four pups. Initially, this coyote was displaced from a den she built under a deck at a home north of New Street. When the space under the deck was closed she and her cubs moved to south of New Street.

Coyotes are naturally wary of humans. This coyote has been observed displaying some defensive behaviour (e.g. approaching pets walking by), a natural instinct to protect her pups. However, the City reports there have been no reported incidents of the coyote scratching or biting a person.

How to protect yourself

If a coyote does display defensive behaviour, hazing techniques can be used to scare the coyote away. Hazing creates a negative association for coyotes. When a coyote or other animal is in an area where it is not wanted, such as a backyard, scaring it away makes it less likely that the coyote will return. By consistently doing this, coyotes will likely avoid that spot in the future.

Examples of hazing include: rattling or throwing a can filled with coins in the coyote’s direction; shaking car keys; spraying a water hose; popping open an umbrella; throwing objects near, not at, the animal.

One of the most significant things we can do to reduce direct interaction with coyotes is to

remove coyote attractants such as food. Feeding coyotes teaches them to depend on human

handouts and can cause them to become too familiar with humans, sometimes leading to

aggressive behaviour near people and dogs.

Visit www.burlington.ca/wildlife for a video that shows how to make your property unwelcoming to a coyote. Coyote sightings can be reported online at www.burlington.ca/coyote or to Animal Control at 905-335-3030.

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