Newsletter Signup

City of Burlington provides information for residents on how to avoid potential coyote conflicts during denning season

Coyote

Burlington, Ont. – April 3, 2018— The City of Burlington is providing residents with steps they can take to help reduce the risk of potential coyote conflicts during the animal’s denning season.

Denning season refers to the time of year coyotes’ pups are born. Shortly before a coyote gives birth, between April and May, the coyote will begin excavating a den which they will use to raise their pups.

While naturally wary of humans, coyotes will seek food and shelter in residential neighbourhoods when the opportunity arises. Things residents can do to help deter coyotes include:

  • Never feed coyotes
  • Keep dogs on leash and pick up pet waste – coyotes are attracted to dog feces
  • Maintain a tidy property clear of garbage, food, brush, long grass and wood piles – these conditions provide potential den sites for coyotes or other wild animals that attract coyotes
  • Inspect your property and ensure openings under decks, sheds and similar structures are closed and sealed
  • Install motion sensor lights around your property.

In situations where a coyote approaches, residents are reminded of the following:

  • Stop. Don’t run.
  • Pick up small children and pets
  • Stand as tall as you can
  • Make noise, be as loud as you can, shout “go away”
  • Wave your arms and stomp your feet
  • Use hazing techniques, such as popping open an umbrella, throwing an object near the coyote or shaking your keys
  • Back away slowly
  • Report coyote sightings online at www.burlington.ca/coyote
  • If you see an aggressive, sick or injured coyote, call Burlington’s Animal Services at 905-335-3030
  • If a coyote poses an immediate threat or danger to public safety, call 9-1-1 and alert Halton Regional Police.

Quick Facts

  • Coyotes are native to North America and can be found living in urban and rural areas.
  • Coyote sightings in Burlington are common. The city’s green spaces and forested areas provide an excellent habitat for coyotes who can travel great distances along ravines, hydro corridors, and highways. 
  • Food sources like mice, rats, and garbage are readily available in urban areas, attracting coyotes to residential neighbourhoods.
  • In 2015, Burlington City Council approved a Coyote Response Strategy that provides guidelines on preventing and managing conflicts with coyotes.
  • In neighbourhoods where coyote conflicts have been reported, the city has taken actions which include things like, increasing patrols by Animal Services staff, installing additional signage to warn of coyotes in the area, and conducting door-to-door outreach with local residents and businesses about the elimination of potential food sources.

Links and Resources

2 thoughts on “City of Burlington provides information for residents on how to avoid potential coyote conflicts during denning season”

What's your take?

Here are guidelines before you comment, and our expectations before we will post:

  • Be civil. Would you speak this way to a good friend? If not, rewrite.
  • Focus on the issues. Build your argument and make your case in support of your opinion from facts, research or other sources. That way we can all learn. “I disagree with so-and-so because…” is fine; “So-and-so is naïve/stupid  for thinking the way he/she does and here’s why…” is not acceptable.
  • Don’t make personal attacks. Don’t assume motives of those you disagree with, make unfounded allegations, spread rumours, or engage in any other behaviours that would discourage you from participating if someone said this to, or about, you. The Golden Rule applies: Do unto others as you would have done to you. We will edit or not post comments with this type of content.
  • Say it once: When comments from the same individual or individuals become repetitive, going over ground already stated, we reserve the right to close commenting.
  • Use your full, and real, name. If wish to make a comment in public, we expect you will publicly stand behind it with your name. If you don’t want to publicly reveal your name, that’s fine; you are always welcome to share your thoughts with me privately via my email below. I welcome and consider all feedback in making decisions for the community.
  • Have fun, consider and learn. Share your views and read those of others. May we all benefit from a healthy exchange of ideas, and learn a little more about the people in our community, what you think, and what’s important to each of you. You may end up changing your mind about an issue; even if you don’t, we hope everyone will gain a greater understanding of why people have different perspectives.

Newsletter Sign Up

Phone: 905-335-7607
Email:  mayor@burlington.ca

Constituent Assistant: Annemarie Cumber
annemarie.cumber@burlington.ca
905-335-7600, ext. 7689