As is usual this time of year, the City wants people to know coyote sightings have become more frequent at various locations throughout Saskatoon. The City reminds everyone to keep their distance from coyotes and all wildlife as animals may become unpredictable when humans are near.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding coyotes or other wildlife within the city of Saskatoon, please contact Parks Pest Management at 306-975-3300. If there is an emergency, please contact the Saskatoon Police Service at 306-975-8300.
Here is what to do if you have a close encounter with a coyote:
- Never approach the animal;
- Be observant of the coyote’s movement;
- Act assertive, yell, and wave your arms so that coyotes maintain a healthy respect for humans; and
- Ensure the animal has an escape route and enough space to flee the situation.
Rapid expansion of the city and the design of natural and larger green space has resulted in more coyote sightings in Saskatoon. Coyotes are common in all major municipalities across Canada and are more commonly seen in the winter. Coyotes can be seen in residential and commercial areas, especially if food and shelter are readily available.
Here are some tips to help avoid a coyote encounter in your yard:
- Never feed coyotes or leave food waste in accessible areas;
- Do not put meat, eggs, or dairy in compost bins;
- Seal off access to decks and other sheltered spaces in your yard;
- If you feed your pets outdoors, bring the food in at night; and
- Close the gate to your yard, and ensure fencing is in good condition.
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