London is now in Step 3 of the Provincial Roadmap to Reopen. In alignment with Step 3, the City of London has expanded additional in-person City services in accordance with the new regulations.
Wild animals are part of our urban landscape. Healthy, wild animals thrive in London and should always be left alone. Many of our green spaces and environmentally significant areas (ESAs) are connected, creating corridors for wild animals to travel through and preserving biodiversity in our city. Residents are encouraged to learn about the wildlife in our city, so that sharing space with them is safe and enjoyable.
It is important to remember to keep our wildlife wild. Never feed wildlife. Human food is not nutritious for wildlife and can cause serious health problems. These animals need their natural diets and are able to find their own food.
Coyote sightings are common within and around natural areas in the city of London. Coyotes have, in fact, been an integral part of London’s ecosystems for many years. There are many misconceptions of coyotes, their biology, behaviour, and lifecycle, but by applying common sense, preventative techniques, and by being aware of the diversity of wildlife that we share our living spaces with, we can minimize human and wildlife conflicts.
When coyote sightings increase, many times these sightings are due to humans intentionally or unintentionally providing a food source. Never feed a coyote.
Check your property for wildlife attractants - An over flowing bird feeder, mishandling of compost, and fallen fruit attract a diverse range of prey species such as rodents, squirrels, chipmunks, insects which coyotes will utilize as food.
Report any known feeding of coyotes to the City of London Municipal Enforcement: 519-661-4660 or email email@example.com.
Apply simple, low intensity hazing techniques - send a clear message to a coyote that they are not welcome. Yell in a firm voice, bang pots, spray a water hose (in warmer months), throw objects toward (not at) the coyote, use a shake can, or open an umbrella. Flashlights and motion-activated lights may also deter coyotes from entering onto your property.
Keep pets indoors - coyotes may prey on small domestic animals as food and to eliminate a threat to their territory or pups.
Seeing a coyote should not be cause for alarm. Like all other urban wildlife, they’re looking for food, water and shelter. However, if the coyote is approaching you or in an area that you’re not comfortable with (your backyard, a busy park), here are some things to keep in mind:
Coyotes sightings are common, and coyotes are part of our natural landscape. Report a coyote sighting if you feel the animal may be sick or injured, or if it is displaying aggressive, threatening or unusual behaviour:
London Animal Care Centre 121 Pine Valley Boulevard 519-685-1330
City of London Human Urban Wildlife Policy
|For further information on:||Organization||Telephone Number/Email|
|Deer, coyotes and larger wildlife moving through London's Environmentally Significant Areas (ESAs).||Upper Thames River Conservation Authority||
|Sick or injured wildlife within the city of London||London Animal Care Centre||
|Reporting suspected cruelty to animals||Provincial Animal Welfare Services (PAWS)||1-833-926-4625|
|Helping sick, injured, orphaned and otherwise displaced wildlife||Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Centre||