Coyotes have been in the news lately; having caused trouble in Riverside South as well as Barrhaven. They are not frequently encountered; but in the event that you do meet up with one please be aware of the following guidelines:

  1. Do not approach or touch the animal
  2. Do not turn your back or run
  3. Back away from the animal while remaining calm
  4. Stand tall, wave your hands and make lots of noise.
  5. Carry a flashlight at night.
  6. If there is immediate threat or danger to public safety – call 911

If you are a dog owner:

  1. Keep your dogs inside at night.
  2. Clean up after your dog. Coyotes are attracted to dog feces.
  3. Spay or neuter your dog. Coyotes are attracted to and can mate with domestic dogs that have not been spayed or neutered.

On your property:

  1. Motion sensored lights can deter wild animals.


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