Protect the Wildlife in Collingwood - Coyotes at Risk
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We need your help to stop the Coyotes from being killed and educating people on coexisting with wildlife.
Please sign if you DO NOT WANT TO SEE THE COYOTES KILLED IN COLLINGWOOD
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I moved to Collingwood for the love of the outdoors and nature. I love looking out my window and seeing rabbits, squirrels, and birds coexisting. I live in a neighbourhood with coyotes and see them on a regular basis and therefore I take extra precautions with my animals at night. Coyotes DO NOT pose a threat to humans.
Non-Lethal wildlife coexistence programs proves to be success across North America.
Fact: A study in Chicago – and another in Canada – indicated that less than two per cent of their food source was domestic animals (and it was undetermined whether the scat analysis included carrion – animals that had already died).
Fact: Only 2 fatal coyote attacks have been confirmed by experts in the entire history of human race (1981 and 2009)
Fact: 1 to 2 Fatal dog attacks in Canada per year
Can we relocate them, or keep them out?
Though we – residents – see the city as separate from nature, it has a thriving ecosystem that includes not only ravines and parks but streets, backyards, industrial parks and construction sites.
Relocating (or killing) coyotes is not recommended, difficult to accomplish and only a band-aid solution.
Relocation is a problem as well since wherever the coyote is relocated will already have established coyotes in the area, and territoriality can make survival very unlikely.
Trapping a coyote and euthanizing it does not address the inherent issues in a community that create conflict such as feeding, improper garbage disposal and dogs off leash.
Removing a coyote opens up the landscape for another coyote or two to move in filling nature’s vacancy. Much like birds, squirrels, raccoons and other animals, they have found a permanent home in urban areas.
Coyotes are beneficial to the eco-system as well. They are considered a keystone species and provide essential services such as mother Nature’s cleanup crew (carrion) and regulate rodent populations.
Attempting to remove one coyote from an area can also separate a family unit, which can lead to a lack of critical education for young pups (as both male and female coyotes raise their pups together) and sadly even starvation.
Helpful coexistence tips
- Never feed wildlife. Our best approach for safe and harmonious coexistence is to avoid conditioning them with food. We need to keep them wild and wary of people. This is the best way to protect our pets and ourselves. The few documented cases of coyote-inflicted wounds on humans occurred as a result of humans feeding a coyote.
- Keep pet food and water bowls indoors. Pet food will attract coyotes to your yard.
- Partner with local TNSR organizations that promote feed and remove programs for feral cats.
- Keep trash cans covered.
- Pick ripened fruit, and clean all rotted fallen fruit from the ground.
- Do not allow a large amount of wild bird seed to remain on your lawn. Bird seeds attracts birds, rabbits, squirrels and rodents, which are prey for coyotes.
- Supervise your pets and keep them under strict control. Adhering to leash by-laws, accompanying pets on walks, and not allowing them to roam is in the best interests of your pets. Our pets are at risk of many environmental dangers when they are not under our control: owls, eagles, hawks, foxes and coyotes can all prey on smaller pets. Cats are safest indoors or in secure outdoor play enclosures. Domestic dogs can be considered competition for food items at locations where humans are feeding coyotes, and coyotes may prey on small domestic animals for food or to eliminate a threat to their territory or pups.
- Keep chickens, rabbits and other small animals in covered enclosures, constructed with heavy mesh wire. Coyotes, raccoons and weasels can break through chicken coop wire.
- Neuter your pets. Although a rare occurrence, coyotes may mate with domesticated dogs.
- Do not approach coyotes, their dens or their pups, even if it appears the parents have abandoned them. Coyotes will do their best to avoid human contact, but may attack humans when provoked, sick or injured.
- Teach children about wildlife and how to safely respond to a coyote (or dog) nearby.
- Respect, compassion and education are common sense tools that nurture safe and healthy human and wildlife families
Please reach out to Coyote Watch Canada for more information
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