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People are concerned in many cities in Ontario about the fact that many wild animals, including coyotes, have adapted well to life in the city. Because of the plenty of food and shelter, and due to the fact that natural predators are limited, these animals will continue to live near us.
Encountering a coyote, although some people think is entertaining, is a situation where is best to be prepare and know how to react, especially when you are walking your dog or if you like to let your cat out through the day.
Coyotes show abnormal behavior when you see them snarling, baring teeth at humans, chasing or stalking (crouching low to the ground and hiding behind objects while following.
Something about Coyotes:
- They breed from late January to March: gestation is 60-63 days. Each year they produce one litter of one to 12 young.
- At three to four weeks of age the young will venture outside of their den and begin to explore the world around them. Young stay with their parents until the fall.
- Have an average lifespan of six to eight years and weigh between 36-60 lbs and are active during the day and at night. They do not hibernate, so you may see them in winter.
- They prefer a habitat of mixed farm areas, swampland and parks. Park-like valleys that flow through Toronto make a very attractive habitat for coyotes.
- Coyotes may be seen hunting in an open area or on the way to a hunting area just after dawn or before dusk.
Reminders to keep your family and pets safe:
- Carry a bright flashlight (bright light has been known to deter coyotes)
- Carry a personal audible alarm (it will deter a coyote and bring attention to yourself in case you needed help)
- Keep your pet leashed at all times
- Keep an umbrella in close reach (the action of opening/closing will deter a coyote)
- Avoid walking during key coyote activity hours (dusk and dawn)
- If you are approached by a coyote make yourself appear larger and shout and/or clap your hands together
- Make sure the coyote sees you as a person and not as its next meal
- Stay calm, hold your ground
- Never run
Knowing what to do when confronted with a coyote is something can’t be taken lightly. Check out HighPark.Org for more information as well as the NasvilleCoyote.com – Do your research, educate and be prepare. ‘For the love of pets’ – Keep Smiling. 🙂
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