Mangy coyotes cause for concern in one Mississauga neighbourhood

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A pack of visibly sick and mangy coyotes have been spotted in recent days wandering around the Truscott Drive and Clarkson Road area in Mississauga and this is causing concern among residents.

According to the local Ward 2 Councillor Karen Ras, multiple mange-invested coyotes points to a family.

Coyotes with mange are often seen during daylight hours, with open sores and patches without fur.

Residents have been snapping pictures and providing Ras and animal services with live sighting updates, some have even volunteered to place traps in their yards.

Mississauga Animal Services and the Toronto Wildlife Centre have been working together to catch and treat the coyotes, with the ultimate goal of a future release.

Residents are asked to call the Toronto Wildlife Centre hotline at 416-615-3000 and/or the animal services dispatch number 905-615-3000 to report sightings.

Meanwhile coyotes can be found in virtually any neighbourhood.

Here are a few tips to deal with them:

– Never intentionally feed a coyote.
– Securely cover your trash and recycling cans. If possible and practical, put your trash out the morning of pick-up, rather than the evening before.
– Don’t add meat, bones, etc., to your compost pile. Ensure your compost bin is tightly and securely covered.
– Keep cats indoors. Always is safest, but at least between the dusk and dawn hours (when coyotes tend to be most active).
– Don’t leave dogs tied up outside, especially small dogs. But really any dog of any size, when tied up is no match for a coyote and is enticing to them.
– Don’t become indifferent… if you see a coyote in your yard or neighbourhood always drive them away. -CINEWS

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