Safety Reminder: Increased Coyote Activity Observed
The City of Saskatoon is advising the public that coyote sightings have increased at various locations throughout the city. The city reminds people to keep their distance from coyotes and all wildlife as they can be unpredictable when confronted. If you have a close encounter with a coyote:
- Never approach the animal,
- Look for, and keep an eye on, a way out,
- Make some noise so it maintains a healthy respect for humans, and,
- Back away - do not turn your back or run.
Rapid expansion of the city has resulted in greater coyote sightings in Saskatoon. The animals are part of our habitat, and they travel along natural corridors such as the South Saskatchewan River valley and along rail lines. While coyotes are common in all major municipalities across Canada, it is still unusual for coyotes to enter into residential areas. However, they can be attracted to these locations 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, and,
- If you feed your pets outdoors, bring the food in at night.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding coyotes or other wildlife within the City of Saskatoon, please contact Parks Pest Management at 975-3300.