Coyotes are present in Collingwood and many other cities.
What can and should be done; (sadly it is complicated and ineffective to date – government involvement leads to common circular action + ineffective policy + costly waste of money of tax payers (costs to protect ourselves from coyotes and government fund for coyote damages costs millions)
Try and avoid coyotes and scare them away. If you encounter them – yell and throw things at them (haze). If you run from them they are more likely to attack as they are more likely to consider you as fleeing prey.
b) call 911 (Collingwood OPP) and report coyotes in the area as an immediate threat to public safety – police have not taken action to remove coyotes when calls are made. Police have referred people to MNRF knowing that nothing will be done. Collingwood OPP shot a dog mistakenly as a coyote several years ago and have been refusing to remove coyotes.
c) report the sighting to the Town of Collingwood. They have made a sighting form available (for non emergency sightings and is used for information purposes only – no action will be taken.) Most likely to follow-up and educate you on feeding wildlife) https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/59f3a618d65f48e88e2d61dd319d368b. We know they are not committed to removing the threat that coyotes pose. Their focus is to protect coyotes roaming at large in Collingwood and spend resources to try and blame people feeding wildlife as the root of the problem and suggesting this is the solution to having coyotes move on to another area. The Town has embarked on a coexistence approach to haze coyotes to make them feel not welcome and move on – we know this is not an effective remedy but in the best interest of protecting urban coyotes.
d) ask the MNRF to take action as they are responsible for wildlife in Ontario – allowing for licensing to openly hunt coyotes year round. They are not effective in controlling coyote population and are therefore promoting co-existence with urban coyotes with advice to in effect take action to protect our pets, children and property which include building fences around our properties (which we know coyotes will climb) The MNRF has been negligent in controlling coyote population which is contributing to the urban coyote problem.
e) hire a trapper and have the coyote removed – it is a threat to public safety – it is a problem and nuisance and not a permitted animal to live in Collingwood which under Collingwood by-laws can/should be removed and under MNRF laws coyotes can be trapped and or hunted (but not hunted in Collingwood under the firearm bylaw). Some local trappers will not engage based on the Town of Collingwood coexistence policy and given the complications of trapping in residential areas (potentially trapping unintended animals such as dogs off of leash)
g) wait for another tragedy to engage people (residents and policy makers) to take action to remove this ongoing threat and danger in Collingwood.
h) be aware of Coyote Watch Canada which runs a deceptive coyote advocate campaign influencing cities to protect coyotes while putting pets and people at risk. Taxpayers end you paying for their services to protect coyotes.
i) educate coyote advocates and animal activist that coyotes are dangerous in cities, attacking and killing pets and restricting our enjoyment of our properties and city – coyote advocates are doing more harm then good. Protecting urban coyotes which belong in the wild while sacrificing public safety in our cities.