Middlesex OPP advise public caution following coyote sightings in residential areas


Posted March 3, 2023 10:00 am Coyote mating season has begun – which means residents in Ontario are being warned that they may see the animals more often during the day. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Richard Buchan Middlesex OPP are giving out safety tips after receiving increased calls regarding coyote sightings. Earlier this week, police received a call from a resident who reported seeing three coyotes at the Coldstream library in Middlesex Centre.Police say the investigation into this sighting is ongoing.Coyotes can be found anywhere in Ontario, in both rural as well as urban locations.Several cities in Ontario have been urging individuals to report coyote dens near residential areas and remain wary of the animals as mating season for the canines is underway.“If you see a coyote, keep your distance and appreciate it from afar,” Middlesex OPP advised. “The animal will most likely avoid you.” Trending Now Story continues below advertisement However, if someone encounters an aggressive animal, officials advised the public to never approach it or turn and run. Instead, stand tall, make lots of noise, and back away from it slowly. If the animal posed an imminent threat to the public, police say you should call authorities immediately.Additionally, police have provided the following tips to prevent and manage conflicts with coyotes within local communities:don’t put food out to attract wildlife as this makes the animals less fearful of humans over timekeep your pets inside at nightclean up after your dog — coyotes are attracted to dog fecesinstall a fence on your property, ensuring it extends at least 20 cm undergroundgarbage should be stored in sealed containers or put out on the morning of collection 1:53 Coyote Conflict: Should recent attacks lead to concern? &copy 2023 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc. Sponsored content Flyers

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