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Please be cautious, as coyotes are present in East St. Paul

Posted: January 8, 2021

The RM of East St. Paul is reminding residents of the presence of coyotes in the area and the need to keep a close watch on pets as coyotes are known predators to small animals, including pets.

 

It’s believed a resident’s older dog was killed by coyotes in December, when the owner let the dog out and left it momentarily unattended while she went to retrieve the newspaper. Tracks and blood were later discovered in the snow. 

 

The RM placed cameras in the yard to monitor for coyotes, but none were seen after the attack.

 

Coyotes have become more common in both rural and urban areas in recent years and Manitoba Conservation has produced a fact sheet called ‘Wildlife Smart – Coexisting with Coyotes’.

 

The RM of East St. Paul hosted a Manitoba Conservation coyote information session last year and has made the fact sheet available on its website under the Residents tab/animal control.

 

The fact sheet includes ‘Things you need to know about coyotes’:

 

·      Coyotes are attracted to food and food waste in people’s yards, such as fallen fruit, pet food, bird seed and garbage;

·      Coyotes can attack people’s pets or livestock;

·      Coyotes are naturally timid animals. It is important that we keep it that way, for the safety of people, pets and coyotes. This can be done by scaring coyotes away, an activity known as ‘hazing’.

·      Though coyote attacks on people are rare, it can happen. The risk increases if the animal has previously been fed by people, because the coyote may associate people with food.

 

Things you can do to reduce the risk of conflict:

 

·      Remove or secure things that can attract coyotes

·      Never feed wildlife. Making food available to coyotes, either directly or indirectly (through feeding their prey such a birds and rabbits), may attract coyotes and other predators to an area. Coyotes that have been fed by people will become increasingly comfortable in approaching people, and increasingly aggressive around people;

·      Feed pets indoors and never leave food dishes outdoors. Coyotes and other animals will be attracted to the food and odours from the food dish;

·      Clean up pet waste in your yard daily;

·      Store garbage in a secure building or wildlife resistant container;

·      Compost food items where they are inaccessible to wildlife.

 

Reduce risks for pets:

 

·      Coyotes have been known to attack pets. Do not leave your pet outside unattended;

·      Bring pets inside at night. If your pet must be let outside at night to do its business, use light and noise deterrents, including human presence, to increase its safety;

·      Restrain (leash) your dog when walking it, to reduce the potential of it harassing a coyote, or of being attached by one. Unrestrained pets are at greater risk.

 

If you encounter a coyote:

 

·      Never approach or crowd the coyote. Give it an escape route;

·      Stop, remain calm and assess your situation;

·      Do not run – you may cause it to chase you;

·      Pick up small children or pets. Their response to the situation is unpredictable;

·      If the coyote seems unaware of you, move away quietly when it is not looking in your direction. Watch the coyote as you leave the area in case it begins to follow you;

·      If the coyote approaches you, haze the animal to ensure it associates people with being a threat.

 

 

The fact sheet also contains information about proper fences that help keep coyotes out.

 

To read the entire fact sheet, click HERE.

 

 

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