- don't remove an animal from its natural habitat (the animal may not need assistance, and you could do more harm than good)
- check the animal periodically for 24-48 hours
- keep your distance
If you find an abandoned young animal, separated from adults or left on its own — keep cats and dogs away and limit noise.
An adult may not return if it is noisy or if predators or people are close by.
Get help for a wild animal
In Ontario, wildlife rehabilitators are authorized by the ministry to provide temporary care to sick, injured and abandoned wildlife so it can be returned to the wild. Rehabilitators commit significant time and resources, and many solicit donations to assist with their work.
Every effort is made by wildlife rehabilitators to ensure wildlife in their care do not become tame.
The Township of Mulmur is part of a coyote’s natural habitat. They are common in this area and their high-pitched barks and yips can be heard year round.
January is the start of coyote mating season. Coyotes search for mates and usually begin mating in February. Coyote pups are typically being born around the end of March through April. During this time of year, you may see, hear or encounter coyotes as they look for their mates. You may also hear them howl and yip more as they communicate and establish their marked territory.
Coyotes play an essential role in an urban ecosystem as they help control rodents and other wildlife populations. You may see coyotes foraging during the day when their pups are born – as the need for food increases. They often move around in search of food. They are opportunistic and will eat what is readily available, including mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons, berries and nuts. They become attracted to communities because of food and shelter.
According to the Humane Society and the Ministry of Natural Resources, Coyotes are mainly nocturnal hunters, looking for small mammals (mainly rodents) to quench their hunger. Attacks on people are almost unheard of, however it is recommended that young children (infants and toddlers) should not be left unattended outside after dark. Attacks on pets are also overall rare, but more common than on humans.
Here are some recommendations from the Ministry of Natural Resources:
If you see a coyote, wolf or fox, keep your distance and the animal will most likely avoid you.
If you encounter an aggressive animal:
- never approach or touch a wild animal
- do not turn your back or run from a wild animal
- back away from the animal while remaining calm
- stand tall, wave your hands, and make lots of noise
- carry a flashlight at night
- if a wild animal poses an immediate threat or danger to public safety — call 911
How to make your property uninviting
- use flashing lights, motion sensors and noise makers
- put up two-meter high fence that extends at least 20 centimeters underground
- install a roller system to the top of your fence so animals can’t gain a foothold
How to prevent conflicts with dogs
- keep dogs inside at night
- clean up after your dog — coyotes are attracted to dog feces
- spay and neuter your dogs — coyotes are attracted to, and can mate with, domestic dogs that have not been spayed or neutered