Mississauga, November 13 (CINEWS): Last November, there were several media reports about coyote sightings in residential neighborhoods in Peel and the GTA. A Brampton woman had to undergo painful rabies treatments after she was bitten by a coyote on her driveway.
It sunk its teeth into her calf before Bajaj was able to keep it at bay by scaring it with her house keys.
Neighbors at the time reported that coyotes had approached other people. The City of Brampton erected signs alerting residents that a family of coyotes are living in a ravine near Steeles Avenue and Mississauga Road and that Animal Services was trying to find the animal that attacked Bajaj. A year down the road, the animal has not been found and may still be lurking in the neighborhood.
Coyote’s are usually spotted at dusk or tend to move around in near darkness in search of food. And these are the months when coyote sightings peak. Now a City of Mississauga animal expert will offer advice on how families and their pets can safely co-exist with ‘urban coyotes’ next Tuesday.
Residents can learn how to protect property from, and prevent conflicts with, wildlife at the Urban Coyotes Information Session.
It runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at St. Elizabeth Seton School, 6133 Glen Erin Dr. in Meadowvale.
Coyotes have become a part of the suburbs, and their presence in neighbourhoods across the city is common.
Linda Dent, Mississauga Animal Services public education officer, will lead the information session.
For more on urban coyotes, visit mypetmississauga.ca.
Tips to protect yourself from a coyote attack
• Never feed coyotes—it is illegal to feed coyotes in most places. Feeding endangers your family and neighbors as it lures coyotes into neighborhoods.
• Keep unattended cats and dogs indoors or in completely enclosed runs, especially at night, and do not assume that a fence will keep a coyote out of your back yard.
• Accompany your leashed pet outside. Make sure you turn on lights if it is dark to check your back yard for unexpected wildlife.
• Keep dogs on short leashes while walking outside; the Division of Wildlife recommends a leash no longer than 6 feet.
• Leave noisemakers on hand to scare away coyotes that may enter your yard, such as whistles and horns.
• Don’t run away or turn your back on a coyote.
• Do not allow a coyote to get in between you and your pet or child—keep children close to you.
• Yell, clap hands, blow a whistle and try to make yourself look larger if you have a close encounter with a coyote.