Frank Klees

Coyote Information Meeting

January 19, 2012

 

In response to resident concerns over increasing incidents involving coyotes in their neighbourhood, Frank scheduled a public information meeting with representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources. January 19, 2012

The purpose of the meeting was to provide information to residents about coyotes, their habits and behaviour and what residents can do to avoid conflicts when coyotes are in the vicinity.

MNR biologist, John Pipasio gave a compelling presentation that made the following key points:

Habitat

1) The eastern coyote is now an integral and permanent part of our landscape. While they are most commonly associated with open, agricultural landscapes, woodlots and brushy terrain, they are also found in green spaces and industrial areas within cities.

Behaviour

Coyotes are usually wary of humans and avoid people whenever possible, but have adapted well to living near humans and development. In a small number of cases, coyotes lose their fear of people.

In urban areas, this is almost always because someone is feeding them. This causes them to associate people with a source of food and rather than follow their natural instincts to avoid humans, may approach them looking for food. 

Avoiding Coyote Conflicts

Prevention First

1) Keep areas near buildings free from clutter, keeping grass and weeds cut down and repairing any openings under buildings and other structures such as decks where coyotes may den or bed down;

2) Fence your property with a two-metre-high fence that extends at least 20 centimetres underground as coyotes may dig under a barrier;

3) Contain garbage securely and keep pet foods indoors;

4) Clean up after your dog. Coyotes are attracted to dog feces.


Behaviour of Coyotes and Appropriate Human Response

1) Coyotes are usually wary of humans and avoid people whenever possible. However, they are wild animals and should not be approached.

2) Never feed coyotes !  Feeding them makes them less fearful of humans and habituates them to foods provided by humans.

3) Never attempt to "tame" a coyote.

4) Do not let pets chase coyotes. Chances are good that the pet will not fare well. Cats are especially vulnerable.


What to do if you encounter a coyote

Coyote sightings are commonplace. If you see a coyote, keep your distance and it will most likely avoid you.


What if you encounter an aggressive coyote ?

1) Never approach the animal;

2) Do not turn your back on, or attempt to run from a coyote;

3) Back away from the coyote while remaining calm;

4) Stand tall, wave your hands and make lots of noise;

5) Carry a flashlight at night to scare off coyotes;


What to do if a coyote poses an immediate threat or danger to public safety

CALL 911 !

Next Steps Resulting From the Meeting

1) Mayor Dawe agreed to look into posting signs in areas where coyotes are known to frequent

2) No Feed By-laws are in place in many municipalities. It was suggested that the Town of Aurora may want to consider implementing a similar No Feed By-law along with an appropriate information campaign.

3) MNR was asked to begin keeping a record of calls from residents in order to ascertain whether further steps may be necessary in certain areas of the Town.

MNR Public Telephone line to report coyote exhibiting aggressive behaviour available:

Monday to Friday 8:30AM to 5:00PM

905-713-7400 select (5) and speak to the agent and ask the agent to make a note of your call for tracking purposes.

For further information and fact sheets on what you can do visit.......the following link:

Living With Coyotes

Frankly Speaking Article January 31, 2012

Constituent feedback

 

Brigitta: Thank you for helping our residents to learn about the coyotes. I was not able to attend the meeting due to prior commitments but appreciate your follow up email as well as making the press aware who complied with informative articles. It always amazes me how people want to be near nature and then, when nature seems threatening they want to do away with nature. We need to learn to live with nature. Common sense is all it usually takes to be safe. Thanks! Brigitta

Ralph: I would like to personally Thank You for your extremely quick response on this issue. I myself attended the meeting at the Town Hall, and found that it was a very informative evening, especially the presentation by biologist John Pipasio from the Ministry of Natural Resources.
I'm certainly thankful and impressed by the proactive action that you have demonstrated by organizing this meeting on such short notice. 
I hope that the constitutes of this riding are aware of your professionalism and genuine concern for the people of our community. Best Regards, Ralph

Shoshana: Thank God common sense prevailed. We have invaded their space and it is our fault when they come too close. As someone who has had one of her beloved cats killed by a coyote when I lived in Richmond Hill, I can blame no one but myself for my cat's death. Although he normally stayed near the house, he ventured into the ravine across the street that day and never returned. I found his collar and a neighbour reported seeing coyotes by her fence which backed onto the ravine. There are few things that hurt as deeply as the knowledge that we inadvertantly caused our pet's death and it was a hard lesson to learn. In Newmarket, although my cats are allowed to go into my backyard, they cannot get out. I took great precautions to cat proof my yard with chicken wire, netting and fencing. This way, they are able to enjoy the summertime and be safe from predators as well as cars. As you said, we need to learn to co-exist with the other members of our community, whether they are human or not. Respect them, learn their ways and they will not cause trouble.   Sincerely and with thanks, Shoshana


January 17, 2012

Coyotes In Aurora

Public Information Meeting

In response to resident concerns over increasing incidents involving coyotes in their neighbourhood, Newmarket-Aurora MPP, Frank Klees has scheduled a public information meeting with representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information to residents about how they can protect themselves, their pets and their property against potential harm.

"I have received reports about aggressive coyote predator behaviour that is worrisome," said Klees.  "While coyotes, by nature, are wary of human beings, they have been known to kill small dogs and are capable of injuring larger dogs. One never knows the circumstances that could lead to children finding themselves in harms way. It just makes good sense to give people an opportunity to inform themselves about the animals, their habits and how to best protect themselves."

The most recent reports of coyote activity have come from the neighbourhoods surrounding the Highland Gate Golf Course lands.

Date:        Thursday, January 19, 2012

Time:        7 pm

Place:       The Aurora Town Hall