Thursday, February 18. 2021
This coyote was spotted by one of our followers in Peticoat Creek on Sunday.
Winter is a common time to spot coyotes because food is scarcer, forcing coyotes further out of their normal habitats, and they're emboldened by the fact people mostly stay indoors. The lack of foliage also makes them easier to spot.
Coyotes are always going to be part of the landscape. It's just certain times of year when they start being seen in our backyards.
If you spot a coyote in your neighbourhood, you can reach out to an amazing organization called Coyote Watch Canada. Coyote Watch Canada is a Federal Not-For-Profit community-based, wildlife organization which advocates positive human wildlife experiences.
The wildlife centre receives about 30,000 calls a year about coyotes and coyote sightings, but attacks are almost unheard of.
Coyote Watch Canada has the following advice on their website regarding what to do if a fox or coyote is near:
- Pick up small children and pets
- Never run from or turn your back on a coyote/fox/wolf/domestic dog
- Wave your arm(s) above your head, stomp feet, clap hands. Surprise gestures work best. Be assertive!
- Be BIG and LOUD! Yell “Go away!” Never scream. A strong voice and assertive gestures send a clear message.
- Slowly back away. Maintain eye contact and remember never to run.