Do not fear the coyotes, but don’t feed them, either.
“Most coyotes are not a threat to humans,” said Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans.
“They do not prey on humans and they are very, very unlikely to attack. There is no reason to believe that a healthy young coyote is going to attack someone in a neighbourhood right now.”
Recent coyote sightings in urban areas in the city have produced a number of concerned calls to various councillors.
Deans said she’s received dozens of calls after a coyote was seen near a playground in Greenboro. Coun. Marianne Wilkinson warned Kanata residents not to leave pets unattended in open areas after coyotes are believed to have killed a small deer in a backyard.
Thursday, the community and protective services committee endorsed the coyote plan but deferred it to a couple of other committees so it could be dealt with as part of a larger wildlife strategy.
After years of trying to get a strategy for dealing with coyotes, Osgoode Ward Coun. Doug Thompson said he was pleased that something was finally in the works.