Norfolk OPP receiving several calls regarding coyotes

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By Jitze (Coyote) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

(NORFOLK COUNTY, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Norfolk County Detachment has received several calls from residents after they observed coyotes roaming in various areas of Port Dover, Ontario.

The Norfolk County OPP would like to offer the following tips when dealing with coyotes:

If you see a coyote, wolf or fox, keep your distance and the animal will most likely avoid you.

If you encounter an aggressive animal:

  • never approach or touch a wild animal
  • do not turn your back or run from a wild animal
  • back away from the animal while remaining calm
  • stand tall, wave your hands, and make lots of noise
  • carry a flashlight at night
  • if a wild animal poses an immediate threat or danger to public safety – call 911

How to make your property unwelcome:

  • use flashing lights, motion sensors and noise makers
  • put up a two-metre high fence that extends at least 20 centimeters underground
  • install a roller system to the top of your fence so animals can’t gain a foothold

How to prevent conflicts with dogs:

  • keep dogs inside at night
  • clean up after your dog – coyotes are attracted to dog feces
  • spay and neuter your dogs – coyotes are attracted to, and can mate with, domestic dogs that have not been spayed or neutered

These same tips and more are available at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry web site: https://www.ontario.ca/page/preventing-and-managing-conflicts-coyotes-wolves-and-foxes.