More coyotes may be on the prowl in Burlington

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Published January 3, 2024 at 11:48 am

It’s called dispersal season which means it is the time when young coyotes are dispersed from their family groups and are out looking for a mate. It also means they are more likely to be out wandering around which can create opportunities for encounters with people.

You can avoid encounters by following some simple rules.

First, don’t feed them. If you leave food out for a coyote it will continue to attract them which could lead to a dangerous encounter. You can also be fined.

As well, to minimize food availability, store all garbage, compost and pet food in secure areas that coyotes cannot access. Also, put out garbage in the morning instead of the night before pick-up. Installing flashing lights, motion sensors and noise-makers on your property can also keep them away.

Pet owners are also reminded to keep their dogs on leashes while on walks and to keep cats indoors at all times.

Residents can report coyote sightings here

“It’s important to understand how to respond during a coyote encounter and discourage coyotes from visiting your property,” said Kerry Davren, director, bylaw compliance, in a statement. “Reinforce coyotes’ natural fear of humans through hazing techniques. Learn more about coyote attractants and clear them from your property. This healthy coexistence is essential for both their safety and ours.”

According to the Human Society of the United States, hazing methods include yelling and waving your arms while approaching a coyote, using noisemakers (whistles, air horns, bells and other objects), throwing sticks, small rocks or rubber balls in the animal’s direction or deterring the coyote with a hose, spray bottle or water gun. 

 

 

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