Please, Don’t Feed the Coyotes

The city wants to remind folks, especially ones who live near parks and ravines that you are likely to see more coyotes at this time of year. Between a lack of foliage, and the coyote mating season in January and February, the creatures are both more active and visible.

Coyotes generally do not pose a danger to people but can pose a danger for pets; it is not uncommon for coyotes to injure or kill cats and small dogs. Residents living near green spaces, ravines and other areas where there are coyotes, should only take pets out into their backyard with them and supervise their pets at all times. Cats should be kept indoors or supervised while outside. When walking, keep dogs on leash and close by at all times.

Most interactions with coyotes in Toronto are the result of a nearby, regular food source, so please DON’T FEED THEM. To minimize negative encounters with coyotes, residents should remember the following:

  1. Never feed coyotes and don’t leave food, including pet food, outside.

  2. Properly dispose of garbage and waste at home and at parks.

  3. When encountering a coyote, do not run but make noise to scare the coyote away.

  4. Do not approach coyotes, their dens or their young.

  5. Do not touch coyotes, even if they appear tame, sick or injured.

More information on the City’s coyote response are available at