Coyotes In The City - South Oshawa

by DeeSolo
(Oshawa, Ontario, Canada)

Tonight at approximately 10 pm my son left to go to Rays' Smoke Shop, which is located at the end of our street on the west side of Simcoe Street, just south of Ritson Road.


As he was crossing Simcoe Street, he saw three Coyotes sniffing around the Chip truck that is parked at the edge of the parking lot.

The truck is a popular fixture at the edge of the plaza housing Ray's Smoke Shop, a Tattoo parlor, Martial Arts Studio and an Auto Repair Shop.

This is a well populated area that remains quite busy with traffic as it is a direct route to Lakeview Park.

About 5 weeks ago I had tracks of a large dog just steps from my door (no human footprints at all) which is suspect, because the tracks did not come from the driveway or the sidewalk but from the alley separating the houses.

It makes sense because that's where we store the garbage bins.

I have been hearing them yelping since Spring 2010 and when one starts, a number of others chime in.

There have been many sightings at dusk very close to Lakeview Park and in the ravine areas surrounding it.

They are getting very brave and I caution people in this area to be very careful when out with their dogs or taking an evening walk.

I know that I won't be running out for my chocolate fix after dark at all anymore!

If anyone else has seen or heard Coyotes in south Oshawa please share your story.

Yes, the Coyotes are getting very bold, and are moving more and more, into urban areas.

Thanks for telling us about your sightings.

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Oct 15, 2017
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Coyotes
by: Anonymous

Early this morning around 5 am, my daughter was awaken by 3 to 4 coyotes barking. This was near the field across General Motors. Did anyone hear this?

Jun 12, 2017
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Coyote on Grandview St South
by: Jai Mills

I saw a rather large Coyote on Grandview St South, just north of the Forestview School. It ran off into the houses rather than back into the Athabasca forest. The poor thing looked quite frightened. This sighting took place at about 5 a.m.

Oct 18, 2016
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Coyote
by: Anonymous

I saw a coyote this morning on the
West side of Rossaland and
Brock street in Whitby. It
Was quite large.

Oct 10, 2016
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Correction
by: Anonymous

I was referring to SportGirls post Thornton Adelaide area forest between Oshawa and Whitby.

Oct 10, 2016
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Garrard Rd
by: Anonymous

I back on to the opposite side of the forest mentioned in the last post.

Sightings this year.

Lone Coyote - March 23rd (dusk) from inside the house.
Lone Coy-wolf - September 26th(dusk) from inside the house
Pack of Coyotes - September 27th (night) seen from inside
Lone Coyote - Oct 10th (morning) seen from inside the house
Lone Coyote - Oct 10th (afternoon) crossed backyard while I was mowing the lawn. Yelled at it. He ran away.
Lone Coyote - Oct 10th (Dusk) crossed backyard again while I was doing yard work. Yelled again and it ran away.

In all cases the Coyote was moving to another location and didn't stay in the yard long. Today I hazed (yelled and moved towards smacking hands) the one as he came into the yard when I was there. Don't want to encourage that. Both times he ran away.


Oct 03, 2016
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2 sightings in 12 hrs.
by: Anonymous

2 sightings were reported on Lakeview Ave. One on Oct 2nd at dusk and another Oct 3rd at dawn!

Sep 28, 2016
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Thornton & Adelaide
by: SportziGirl

We have a greenbelt right behind us and for the past week almost every night now we have been hearing the yelps/howling of coyotes. Please keep vigilant when you are outside, teach your children what do if they ever encounter them, and keep your pets close. Coyotes are beautiful and very important to our ecosystem. They play a critical role in keeping natural areas healthy.

Im just wondering if anyone has actually seen them walking around on the streets like: Overbank, Sagebrush, Castlegrove??


Sep 21, 2016
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Coyotes
by: Anonymous

My wife saw three Coyotes last night around 11:00 pm at Valley Drive.

Sep 21, 2016
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Howling at the moon
by: Photo nut

September 20/2016
Heard unknown amount of wolves/coyotes howling in behind Loblaws Super Store on Taunton Rd. and Grandview around 11 pm in the little ravine park. Howling went on for about 5-10 minutes.

Jul 07, 2016
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Coyotes North Oshawa
by: Anonymous

We have three Coyotes, two large and one smaller one, in the area of Ridge Valley Drive. Always near the park and ravine area. Lots of rabbits to feed on and they grabbed one in the hydro field yesterday. Don't leave your pets outside at night.

Jun 16, 2016
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Coyote Sighting
by: Anonymous

Saw a large Coyote last night, crossing my court at the bottom of Annapolis Ave, light in colour, as big as 80 to 100 Lbs, Dundee Park area.

May 20, 2016
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Taunton Rd W
by: Anonymous

Our property backs onto the bush before Thornton. We had a coyote in our back field 2 nights ago. It came out of the bush. Can't complain because really thats their home. We will be sure to be careful and keep our distance.

Apr 24, 2016
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Just Saw Coyote in Oshawa
by: Anonymous

Just saw a Coyote going east on Dartmoor Street in Oshawa 11:40 pm April 24th 2016.

Feb 18, 2016
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To the person who thinks Coyotes are not dangerous
by: Not ignorant. :-).

They are wild animals and they are dangerous. I bet this poor dead girl who got killed by coyote would disagree with you about no known instance of people being killed. Here is a link to the news article Toronto Singer Killed by Coyotes

Hi there - I think the commenter below has a good point - even though there was a fatal attack on a young woman in Nova Scotia, over all there are more people attacked and/or killed by domestic dogs. For example, according to Stats Can, there were over 1,200 attacks on humans by domestic dogs in 1996, and according to the Winnipeg Free Press , dogs kill one person each year in Canada. With this in mind, I think it is out of proportion for people to be terrified of Coyotes, which isn't to say that caution should not be taken with small children and pets.

Feb 18, 2016
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People need to get educated
by: Anonymous

I am sick and tired of constantly reading and hearing about how "scary" and "horrible" Coyotes are. They are trying to survive in a world where people have taken over their territory. There are no known instances of Coyotes killing or hurting a full grown adult (a child or something small is always going to be seen as "prey"). People need to educate themselves about this amazing creature that just wants to find food to eat and to survive. If you are worried about your little dog or cat, then keep your cat indoors and your dog supervised and on a leash!!

Feb 14, 2016
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Coyote - Wilson/ Oakdale
by: Anonymous

Coyote just spotted running into ravine/park behind Central Park from Oakdale in Rossland / Wilson Road N area.

Feb 01, 2016
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Taunton / Thickson coyotes
by: Anonymous

Have heard them yelping quite a few nights, they follow the creek in the above area. I have also seen them mid morning in back yard near our outside sheds.

Jan 27, 2016
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Coyotes in South Oshawa
by: Anonymous

I saw a very large Coyote a couple years ago on Oxford and Mill Street coming up from the Oshawa Creek path. Before that I lived in north Whitby and there I encountered numerous Coyotes at the Thickson and Taunton area coming out from the corn field. Its a combination of a larger species (Coywolves) pushing the common Coyote further south, and loss of habitat, as more rural areas become urbanized. They will follow safe paths like creeks, cornfields, and hydro corridors to travel further into the city, but like any dog, can travel a vast amount of distance in a night so they may be found far outside of those regions. Coyotes will eat almost anything so pets, garbage even corn and fruit trees can be an attractant to them.

Jan 24, 2016
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January 24, 2016
by: Donna Kelly

Watching a large Coyote walking in the water retention park on Grandview St. N. Oshawa.

Nov 18, 2015
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Ontario Shores / Whitby Shores
by: Anonymous

I have seen two at Ontario Shores, one just the other Sunday about 7:30 am I was walking my dogs, it didn't seem to care that we were there, I don't know if it was a coyote or coy-wolf, was trying to figure it out that's how I found this post. I also saw one last year at Ontario Shores closer to the west end of the grounds where the fenced in area is, but on Sunday November 15th is was the east end of the grounds right near the dirt road that leads to the beach. I have never seen more than one at a time. Are Coyotes pack animals ? Are coy-wolves ?

Oct 31, 2015
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Re Coyotes
by: Anonymous

Wow that's scary!

Oct 29, 2015
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Has anyone seen one in Whitby Shores
by: Anonymous

There is Coyote scat along the shore by the hospital (looks like dog dropping but is full of fur - probably rabbit) and two weekends ago while walking my dog between the baseball diamond and the school, he started frantically sniffing the ground in an 8 foot radius, then tried to pull me towards the soccer fields. I made him continue in the direction I wanted to go and I almost walked on a small pile of intestines and some other inner organ. No fur, no bones, just a bit of guts. I'm pretty certain he had discovered the scent of the kill. I'm afraid to walk him after dark now!

Oct 28, 2015
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Thanks for sharing
by: Anonymous

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Oct 19, 2015
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Damn Coyotes
by: Anonymous

Just saw a Coyote on Conant and Simcoe. Is there anyone I can call, I have 2 Boston Terriers that Ii don't want to worry about when they're in the backyard or when I take them for a walk. Who can i call?

Sep 22, 2015
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My cat kill
by: Anonymous

My cat disappeared on Monday September 20th, 2015 early in the morning. We supposed it was a Coyote or a big animal due to the screen she did and disappeared in front of the house. It happened in Parnell Crest, Whitby. We feel very sad for our cat that was almost 8 years with us. Be careful with your pets around this area.



Sep 17, 2015
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Oshawa Centre Coyote Sighting
by: Anonymous

August 17th 2:30am - Two coyotes seen walking down the sidewalk just off Gibb Street, in Oshawa. I just happened to scare them off, potentially saving someone's black and white cat at the end of the street. Please keep your pets indoors.

Jul 14, 2015
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Coyote sighting
by: Anonymous

I was sitting on my front step this morning and a Coyote came onto my property near the Oshawa Centre, just north of Bond Street. The past few nights I have heard animals being attacked in my neighbourhood. Please be aware!

Apr 26, 2015
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Coyote sighting April 26
by: Anonymous

Rossland and Wilson area.
Wife out front of the house at midnight for a smoke and saw a coyote roaming out from between a neighbour's house and ran down Attersley.

Apr 01, 2015
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Coyotes on Grandview
by: Anonymous

March 31 at 6:30 am, saw several coyotes (5) at path between Ronlee and Grandview, south of Caroline. The Grandview bus heading north had stopped, and when I spoke to driver later, she said a coyote had run across the road right in front of the bus, and she almost hit it.

Mar 05, 2015
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Coyotes
by: Anonymous

A coyote was seen going up and down the driveways in our North east neighbourhood today. Looked mangy and hungry. Watch your pets!

Jan 18, 2015
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Coyotes
by: Anonymous

I'm in the Grandview south and King area and they have been coming around my house. We saw them and took pictures to send to the city. I think one of them got my cat, he managed to survive through it. They have been coming here a lot lately and I don't hear them vocally, but I have been hearing them rummage through the bushes.

Dec 20, 2014
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Coyote
by: Anonymous

Wow, thanks, I didn't tell anyone fearing they would think it was impossible!

Dec 20, 2014
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Re: Coyote on Farewell
by: Anonymous

That is very scary! I saw questionable prints in my backyard after the snow storm last week. It concerns me because my backyard is closed off and my fence is about 6ft tall. If anyone knows if they can or do jump fences please post cause I really want to know!

Yes, they sure can jump fences! We have heard from several readers who have told us that they have witnessed this.

If you check out the Coyote Sightings at the bottom of our Coyotes Page


Dec 19, 2014
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Coyote sighting: Dec. 19, 2014
by: Shari

I was walking my dog around 6:30pm this evening on Farewell Street, just north of Taylor Ave., when I saw a coyote running across the street from Knight's of Columbus Park and into a yard. The coyote was about four houses away from me. I was scared and walked back from where I came from on Taylor Ave. and Guelph St. area. A couple of people in the last two weeks warned me to be careful as there have been coyote sightings down in that park. I have walked my dog there for several years and have never come across a coyote, but will not be walking my dog there anymore, nor will I walk him after dark just to be on the safe side.

Dec 18, 2014
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Saw a Coyote crossing Adelaide
by: Anonymous

Saw a Coyote crossing Adelaide near Harmony into the ravine at 6 am. Scary. A lot people go out to walk their dogs in that area.

Dec 02, 2014
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Possum too!
by: asmoothmerlot

Well now I have a Possum, I have seen one in my backyard on two previous occasions. It was cruising around my backyard for over an hour just two weeks ago! This time I got pictures.

Nov 26, 2014
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Coyote sighting
by: Anonymous

Have seen a Coyote in our back yard several times in past few weeks (backing on to ravine and walking path). Oakwood and Wilson Road N. It is not easily startled by humans. It was less than 10 ft from my husband and didn't move. Travels up from the ravine along driveway across Wilson and across Oakwood to the other walking trail. I have two small dogs so am extremely concerned for their safety.

Nov 09, 2014
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Bad Coyote Encounter
by: Anonymous

There was a Coyote stalking me as I walked through the forest by Parklane St. just off of Harmony Rd at 1:00 am. I heard growling which I ignored, I heard it again clearly a second time so I turned on my light and to my surprise there was a large, slender and scruffy dog not even 20 ft behind me. I ran towards lights coming from a house, jumped the fence separating the woods and the backyard and waited to see if the coyote was still following me, I heard it growl a third time and I exited the backyard to the street.

Jul 19, 2014
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Coyotes south Oshawa
by: Anonymous

July 19, 2014 around 10:45 pm, two Coyotes at Ritson Road south and Grassmere Court.

Mar 10, 2014
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Coyotes
by: Anonymous

Saw two Coyotes running northwards in Eastbourne Park Bond/Adelaide on March 8 2014.

Oct 26, 2013
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Whitby - Bluegrass Meadows Subdivision
by: Another Anonymous

Saw a large Coyote or Coy-wolf September 23, 2013 on Canadian Oaks Drive in Whitby, Ontario.

Sep 20, 2013
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Coyote out playing
by: Lindsay

Saw a Coyote playing in the low bushes (beside G.M.) on Park Road, almost at Phillip Murray in south Oshawa at 11:30am today. We drove back around 4 times to watch it and it was close to the road. Small, skinny and looked like it had no fur. Looked like a goat with a tail to me :)

Sep 15, 2013
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Possum?
by: Anonymous

Wow I have now seen 2 in the past month! I'm surprised that they can survive Ontario winters. Anyone else seen any?

Sep 13, 2013
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Coyote sighting in the afternoon
by: Angela Ilg

I saw four of them at the old battery plant on Phillip Murray, one ran in front of me when I was driving and the other 3 were in the culvert. This was at 3:00 in the afternoon. They were skinny and grey and didn't look like they had any fur.

Hmmm... that sounds like they may have Mange.

Jan 23, 2012
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Scarrier things!
by: Mike M.

Encountering Coyotes in the south end of Oshawa 10 pm at night would be the least of my worries!

Nov 16, 2011
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saw one this morning
by: George

Driving south on Harmony, approaching Olive just before 8AM. A coyote passed me on the west side of Harmony, on the sidewalk. It was obviously spooked. It ran across Olive and up the 2nd or 3rd driveway on the south side.

Apr 25, 2011
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Thorton Road
by: Anonymous

We live in a ravine lot off of Thorton Road ... our backyard faces Mount Lawn Cemetary. We hear Coyotes often, but Thursday night was a bit different. The Coyotes sounded as if they were in the backyard.
We turned on our back porch lights and there were two Coyotes 30 feet away. Tried to spook them by yelling and banging, however they seemed not to care.

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