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Oakville residents encouraged to report coyote sightings

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Oakville residents encouraged to report coyote sightings

While seeing a coyote in Oakville is not necessarily a cause for concern, residents are still being encouraged to report sightings of them within the town.

“Coyotes often become more active in the spring because it is denning and pupping season for them,” said the Town of Oakville on Twitter.

“If you spot a coyote, please report it by using our online Coyote Reporting Form.”

Coyote sightings have become more and more common across Halton Region and although they are naturally wary of humans, they will seek food and shelter in residential neighbourhoods when the opportunity arises.

It’s important to remember never to feed coyotes which can cause them to become too familiar with humans and lead to aggressive behaviour.

While coyotes do a great deal of good for ecosystems, they are by nature, predators. They have been known to hunt small animals in neighbourhoods which can include cats and small dogs in extreme cases.

Due to the fact that coyotes can view pets as a threat to their territory, residents are reminded never to leave their pets unattended, especially at night, even in a fenced backyard.

For more information on how to protect yourself from coyotes in Halton, click here.

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