Coyote and Coywolf attacks are on the rise

Published On November 17, 2014 | By Malcolm Campbell | News
By Jasmine Kabatay and Jacob Wilson-Hajdu

Coyotes and coywolves have been causing problems within the GTA. Courtesy of Wikimedia


With the recent rise of coyote attacks in the GTA, a Canadian wildlife group is taking action.

Coyote Watch Canada is heading to Mississauga, Brampton and Burlington to meet with city officials to perform an investigation on coyote and coywolf prevention.

The group is a non-profit Ontario based organization that educates the public on the coyotes while performing investigations to help create an enviroment where coytoes and humans can safely co-exist.

A coywolf is a canid hybrid of Eastern coyote and gray wolf.

There have been four attacks on dogs and two on humans this year.

While coyotes are present in the Humber Arboretum, Taurean Linton, support staff at the Centre of Urban Ecology, said students don’t need to worry.

“[There are] coyotes in the arboretum, but we have never had a problem with them and they tend to stay away from people,” said Linton.

According to the Ministry of Natural Resources, there are ways to deal with coyotes and coywolves.

Some of these tips include not approaching or feeding coyotes, securing garbage, and never attempting to tame a coyote.

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act has set out legal actions to allow landowners to harass, capture, and kill problem wildlife to prevent damage to their property, according to the MNR.

The map below shows the approximate areas on record where coyote attacks have occurred.


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4 Responses to Coyote and Coywolf attacks are on the rise

  1. vivienne says:

    if the animals apparently won’t bother you if you leave them alone,why is it then that there have been attacks. they do not belong in the GTA , have them removed…simple. my daughter and her dogs have been approached twice now during the day while she is walking her dogs. these animals have the right to live, but not in a very populated area. does this mean that no one should be out walking ever anytime? if you live in a city you expect to come across dogs, skunks, racoons, etc but not coywolf or coyotes.

    • Danielle says:

      We live in Canada. We are building on there territory – of course they will come into the city. They belong anywhere they want it’s not just a planet for humans. Watch your kid you won’t have a problem.

      • Rambler says:

        While I agree with the sentiment that the Earth isn’t just ours, it’s a species’ goal to thrive. Whether that be to the detriment of other species is not our primary concern. Quite simply, for us our survival takes higher priority. I’m not voicing this from a homocentric perspective either; it applies to pretty much every living thing.

        Anywhere they want, hmm. Technically, all these boundries are human constructs with associated concepts, but if we tame a fucking forest and turn it into a park for kids and dogs, you can damn well expect people to have problems when safety isn’t guaranteed. At that point, it is a personal affront on things we hold dear.

        It won’t help my point, but I want to specify that this is not necessarily in line with how I prefer to view things. I simply see the reason in it. Personally, I think humans are a pretty fucked up species at the moment. We’re in a situation never before experienced, where we have so much influence on our environment that we have to take responsibilty and regulate it, lest we destroy everything. Now, I don’t necessarily think we have the right to that kind of responsibilty, but unless we just up and disappear it’s kind of up to us.

  2. Dex Shagall says:

    I have seen four coywolves in my area of the GTA. I live in midtown T.O., Bathurst and St. Clair, and have seen a coywolf right outside the entrance to the St. Clair West subway station twice, now. I have two dogs that love the ravines we live around, but we have to be extremely careful these days. Two of these sightings occurred during daylight hours, which almost made me shit myself; People are walking their dogs carefree, 30 or 40 meters from a wolf walking silently along the banks of the ravine.
    These are all the facts as I know them. What I don’t know is if the arrival of a new apex predator in the Toronto biome is the reason the entire ravine system is flourishing. I think its a welcome stabilizing force on a lot of smaller mammal species, from the perspective of some plant species at least (and anyone who hates raccoons, or squirrels). Perhaps this is the effect felt in places like Banff and Yellowstone, where wolves proved that they were keystone species in their ecosystems and transformed the actual soil of those parks shortly after being reintroduced after previous culls.
    We have driven wolf evolution once again, except this time indirectly and unwittingly. We asked for it when we invited them into our homes, tamed and shaped them over generations innumerous. We also asked for it when we destroyed the land they were living in – both directly through deforestation, and such, as well as indirectly driving global warming, causing previously unseen weather cycles and dangerous positive feedback loops in thawing areas and the ocean as a result.
    Whatever the case may be, I suspect we will be seeing a lot of species moving inland towards urban areas in search of steady food supply. It will be interesting to see if any more animals cross previously unheard of interspecial boundaries in order to adapt to and survive the new jungle of the modern metropolis. Perhaps, this is one more example…
    Not gonna be pleasant when bears reach us.

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