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Coyote sightings still occurring; please exercise caution on Halloween

Posted: October 30, 2017

Coyote sightings still occurring;
please exercise caution on Halloween



Coyote sightings in the RM of East St. Paul have been on the rise in recent years and municipal staff continue to receive calls reporting sightings in various places in the municipality.

The RM of East St. Paul Operations Department is working closely with our Wildlife Control Specialist and Manitoba Sustainable Development to create a strategic management plan on the cohabitation of coyotes and residents within the municipality. The municipality keeps records of all reported sightings/encounters for planning purposes and to track any possible "problem” animals.

Residents are reminded that coyotes are in the area and to please be cautious on Halloween night when your children are out trick or treating. Safety is our Number 1 concern, so please keep an eye on your children.

Also, please keep dogs on leashes and don’t let them, or cats, roam loose.

Please read the tips below for ways to reduce coyote problems and what to do if you do encounter a coyote.

 

Reducing Coyote Problems

  • Do not feed coyotes or any other wildlife, especially near human habitation.

  • Keep all garbage in plastic or metal containers with lids tightly secured.

  • Keep children under close supervision while they are outside.

  • Bring pet food inside a secure location every night or, better yet, feed your pet indoors.

  • Keep pets inside at night and under close supervision while they are outside during the day.

  • Avoid close contact with any wild animal or wild animal feces to prevent exposure to disease or parasites, and ensure your pet's vaccinations are up to date.

  • Coyotes can also be removed by a homeowner at anytime in defense of private property or to protect personal safety on land that they own. Property owners may also use the services of another individual, such as a licensed trapper, to address a particular problem coyote on their property.
 
Encountering a Coyote

  • Never approach or crowd a coyote — give it an escape route.

  • Stop, remain calm and assess your situation.

  • If the coyote seems unaware of you, move away quietly when it is not looking in your direction.

  • If the coyote is aware of you, let it know you are human: shout at it, wave your arms above your head to make yourself appear more threatening, throw stones or other objects at it.

  • If the coyote continues to approach, back away slowly and move toward buildings or human activity.

  • Do not turn away or run — this may encourage the coyote to chase you.

 

If the coyote attacks you — Fight Back!
 

 

- information courtesy Province of Manitoba/Wildlife Branch

 

 

 

 

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