Photo of coyote

Late January through to early March is mating season for coyotes. You may hear them howling or yipping to communicate or see more of them as they actively seek out a mate. 

Coyotes generally do not pose a danger to people but can pose a danger to pets - namely cats and small dogs who can be injured or killed. We ask residents who live or walk near a typical coyote habitat (including ravines, forests and open spaces) to take extra caution during this time.

Find more resources at the bottom of this page.

Tips during coyote mating season
  • Avoid letting your pets out unattended and for long periods (even in your backyard).  
  • When walking, keep dogs on a leash and close by.  
  • Cats should be kept indoors or supervised while outside. 
  • Carry a flashlight at night
What to do if a coyote is aggressive

If you see a coyote, follow these tips:

  • Stop and pick up small children and pets.
  • Shout, wave your arms and use whistles.
  • Back away slowly while remaining calm.
  • Never run or turn your back on a coyote.
  • Use hazing techniques such as shaking car keys, popping an umbrella, throwing an object in the direction of the coyote.

If the coyote poses a threat to public safety (cornering humans or showing signs of potential rabies), please call 911. Do not call 911 for Coyote sightings.

How to prevent coyotes from visiting your property

Coyote sightings can increase due to humans intentionally or unintentionally providing a food source.

  • Keep pet food and water bowls indoors. Food will attract coyotes to your yard.
  • Keep trash cans covered.
  • Put garbage out the morning of collection (not the night before).
  • Do not allow a large amount of wild bird seed to remain on your lawn as it attracts prey for coyotes.
  • Keep pets on-leash during walks and indoors at night or enclosed in kennels.
  • Keep cats indoors. Letting cats roam can draw coyotes into the area.
  • Do not leave leftover food, garbage or dog feces in public or private outdoor spaces. 
How to report coyotes

You can report a coyote sighting to Coyote Watch Canada online or by calling 905-931-2610. Please report coyotes for tracking purposes only, not the removal of wildlife.

Report a coyote sighting

If the coyote poses a threat to public safety (cornering humans or showing signs of potential rabies), please call 911. Do not call 911 for coyote sightings.