• Coyote Sightings in Lorne Park

    Several residents have reported recent coyote sightings in the Lorne Park area. Animal Services have provided the following comments that I wanted to share:


    Animal Services continues to receive reports and attend calls at St. Luke’s School and surrounding areas regarding the lackadaisical manner of the coyote.  Subsequently, we touched base with the Toronto Wildlife Centre (TWC) as we were concerned the coyote may not be healthy, however, based on the photos they are confident the coyote is healthy and their comments are as follows: 


    “We showed these photos to our rescue team and they believe that the coyote appears to have a very healthy coat, perhaps some “life spots” or missing fur in areas from old injuries, but the coat does not appear to be mangy. Behaviourally, they believe that the coyote might have become accustomed to the presence of humans given that it’s been hanging around the neighbourhood this long.


    What we would recommend in this situation is to get all of the neighbours on board with humane harassment. Whenever they see the coyote try and scare it away by making loud noises, waving their arms in the air, clapping, or stomping their feet. Additionally they can toss something soft (like clumps of dirt, tennis balls, etc.) in the direction of the coyote with the intention of scaring it away. They can also carry a noisemaker or whistle if they’re going on a walk. The important thing is to ensure that the whole neighbourhood engages in humane harassment in order to make it the most effective (stopping to take photos or running in the opposite direction only allows the coyote to become more comfortable with human presence). I would also recommend encouraging residents not to put out food for wildlife, keeping waste secure in bins, not putting out waste bins until morning of pick-up, removing fallen fruit from trees or scattered seeds from bird feeders, and keeping pet food inside.”


    This might be an on-going task for quite some time until the coyote learns to associate humans with annoyance, discomfort, and fear, but the more residents that are able to band together the more successful efforts will be.  Some great resources for humane harassment include the following websites:





    You may also be familiar with the Town of Oakville’s instructional video on aversion conditioning at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0CS4_-sQDE  that is user friendly and highlights important aspects of this approach from a community perspective.


    Our field Officers will continue to attend to when the coyote is reported at inappropriate locations such as residential properties, sidewalks and boulevards, schools etc. but will now be focusing our efforts on aversion conditioning/hazing.  I wanted to share the communication from the TWC so that you are apprised of the recommendations, particularly from a community standpoint and should someone question the use of these tactics.