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Warning about coyotes

In light of two coyote-related pet deaths and an increase in reported coyote sightings, the Guelph Humane Society and the City of Guelph are reminding residents to supervise small children and dogs playing outdoors and keep cats inside.

“Coyotes play an important role in controlling populations of rabbits, rats and mice, and they can be a threat to other animals” said Deb Gray, operations manager for the Guelph Humane Society in a city-issued newsrelease. “Coyotes are highly adaptive they’re learning to live closer to people so we are starting to see them more often. People can discourage coyotes from entering their properties by removing yard waste and securing compost and other garbage. Most importantly, never feed coyotes or other wildlife.”

Coyotes are primarily nocturnal animals, but they may be seen during the day in during their mating season which typically lasts from mid-January to mid-March.

Residents are advised that if a coyote poses an immediate threat or danger to public safety, call 911.

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