Coyote sightings reported in Brantford
Brantford says several coyote sightings have been reported in the city and they share tips to help homeowners.
The animals were sighted during the day and in the evening hours.
Coyotes are not uncommon in the area, and they are more likely to be spotted in residential areas with natural settings nearby.
The City of Brantford says homeowners can do a few simple things to prevent unwanted visits:
- Do not feed coyotes as this will make them less afraid of humans and allow them to become accustomed to human food, which can lead to more aggressive behavior towards humans and pets
- Remove potential sources of shelter, water, and food (garbage cans, pet food, and bird feeders) to a place animals cannot access, and try to place litter bins closer to the pickup time
- Coyotes are attracted to dog poop, so keep your property clean
- Keep cats indoors and don’t leave small dogs outside unattended
- Install flashing lights and/or motion sensors
- Pick ripe fruits and seeds from trees and remove them from the ground
- Place sturdy fencing around vegetable gardens
- Consider putting up a fence on your property
- Remove bushes and dense weeds near your home (where coyotes may seek shelter)
- Close up empty spaces under porches, desks, and sheds (which coyotes might use as dens to raise their young)
COYOTE ENCOUNTER GUIDELINES
The Department of Natural Resources and Forestry has issued guidelines for anyone who might spot or even meet a coyote in their neighborhood:
- Never approach or touch a coyote
- Pick up infants and pets
- Don’t turn around or run away from a coyote
- Back away from the coyote and stay calm
- Stand tall, wave your hands, and make a lot of noise
- Consider bringing a flashlight to scare the animals away
If you see a coyote, you can report it on the City of Brantford’s website.
For any sick or injured animal, the city asks residents to call Hillside Kennels at 519-469-3247 or 1-888-469-3247.
Call 911 if a coyote poses an imminent threat.