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Coyotes spotted more often in Peel Region

As human activity and development increases in what was not-so-long-ago coyote territory, they are showing up in newly urbanized areas with increasing frequency.

According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, this is the side effect of living alongside of people feeding them (either intentionally or not) is that urban coyotes are generally less afraid of humans.

Coyotes are usually active at night, especially dusk when they go out hunting for food ,but due to increased human habitation, these days they are known to be hunting at all times.

Although coyotes are often portrayed as aggressive and dangerous, they play an important role in our ecosystems — mainly, controlling rabbit and rodent population.

Here are some tips that will keep you safe if you run into a coyote:
• Remain calm and wait until they move on. Do not turn your back or run from the coyote, as they are hard-wired to chase anything that flees.
• If you are approached by a coyote, stand tall, wave your arms and make yourself as large as possible. Loud sounds such as clapping or shouting can help deter the coyote.
• It is important to know that the feeding of any wildlife is prohibited by law.

And report the incident and location as soon as possible to the authorities. -CINEWS


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