Wednesday, January 13, 2016
To help residents better understand coyotes in our community, the Town of Oakville will be hosting a coyote information night on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School, 1080 Linbrook Road, east entrance.
This information night will provide residents with facts about coyotes and offer steps to ensure a better coexistence with our local wildlife. Representatives from the town, the Oakville Milton Humane Society (OMHS), Toronto Wildlife Centre and Halton Regional Police will let residents know what’s being done by various agencies, provide information on how to respond to a coyote sighting and help answer community questions or concerns.
Coyotes are regularly sighted in Oakville along our ravines and parklands. They are present throughout the year, but recent increased sightings in some residential neighbourhoods may be occurring for several reasons:
Coyotes are usually wary of humans and avoid people whenever possible, however, human-coyote conflicts may arise when we intentionally feed them or inadvertently create free-food opportunities. We all share responsibility for preventing and handling human-wildlife conflicts. Therefore, it is important that these simple tips are embraced and followed by the entire community:
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 such as the OMHS. The town is working closely with the OMHS to collect information and identify sick or nuisance coyotes.
If a coyote poses an immediate threat to public safety, call 911.
For more information visit the Coyote page.