Residents concerned as coyote sightings up in Peel Region

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Mississauga, February 5 (CINEWS): In an exclusive interview with Can-India last year, Brampton resident Jasmin Bajaj described her ordeal: “We returned from the Gurdwara at 9 pm and entered the house when I realized I left my purse in the car so I stepped out to get it. I felt a bite on my leg, I looked behind and saw a large coyote staring and following me. I had my keys in my hand, I shook it made a noise and walked back inside the house. I realized I was bitten,” she said. Jasmin credits her calm demeanor with saving her from what could’ve been a very brutal attack. “If I ran or screamed, the coyotes would have attacked me savagely,” she adds.
That is a lesson Peel residents may want to pay attention to as coyote sightings are becoming more rare by the night.
Dellwood Park in Mississauga is becoming the Ground Zero for coyote sightings, besides these menacing animals have been spotted throughout the Meadowvale, Clarkson and Lakeview areas over the past two years.
In 2015, there were three reported incidents where small dogs were attacked by coyotes, with one case leading to the death of the dog. Residents who walk small dogs are being told it would make sense to scoop up their pet but not run because the coyote will simply start chasing.
Instead, make the animal as uncomfortable as possible – this includes making noise, throwing objects towards the coyote (but not at it), clapping, yelling or making startling movements. Called “hazing” or “aversion conditioning,” this will create a sense of nervousness for the coyote.
Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry recommends making your property unwelcome by installing flashing lights, motion sensors and noisemakers, or install a roller system to the top of your fence so animals can’t gain a foothold.
Animal services takes a gentler approach, hosting community information sessions, requesting signage for frequent reported sightings, using the “aversion conditioning” approach and encouraging residents to report coyote sightings.
The problem is catching coyotes which is very tricky. Licensed trappers find it hard to operate in populated areas as traps they lay could end up snagging a pet or a human being.
Coyotes cannot be eliminated because they give an ecological balance by culling raccoons, foxes and prevent the spread of disease, supporting biodiversity, he said. They also keep away mice, rats and predatory birds.
Admitting the unseasonably warm weather is a huge factor in increased sightings, as small rodents and vegetation are still available to eat, coyotes are drawn to food sources so by not carelessly leaving around birdseed or other pet food could help.
Meanwhile if you see a coyote in your neighbourhood, contact Mississauga animal services at 905-896-5858 or visit the website,

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  1. “as coyote sightings are becoming more rare by the night.” so, pretty soon there won’t be any? I think they are actually increasing.