COYOTES
(Canis latrans)

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In Southern Ontario, the howl of Coyotes is a familiar sound to those who live in the country, and to many who live in smaller cities, as they have long inhabited the outskirts of towns here.

They are most common in areas that are adjacent to green spaces, such as farm land, conservation areas and parks.

They can travel a long way using ravines, highways & roads, walking paths and hydro corridors, although they prefer to build their dens in secluded places where they will not be disturbed - in ravines or close to the banks of streams and small rivers.

These intelligent and adaptable animals seem to be able to live closely with their human neighbours and are not usually a threat to human safety, although we are their only natural predator.

Many people have concerns about these wild carnivores living in their neighbourhoods, and to live in harmony with them it is necessary that we respect and understand them and their needs.

According to the Ministry of Natural Resources, there have been no incidents of these canids attacking humans in the province of Ontario.

Common sense should dictate that small children and babies should not be left unattended outdoors if Coyotes are known to be about.

We should all teach our children basic safety regarding wild animals.

They have adjusted well to living in close proximity to humans. They are generally cautious, shy animals and would prefer to avoid confrontations with people.

Some people consider them to be a nuisance and have tried to trap and relocate them, however they are extremely intelligent and almost impossible to live trap.

Ontario Provincial legislation prohibits the relocation of wildlife from their home territories; therefore, trapped animals must be released in the same area or destroyed.

Research shows that wildlife relocated from urban areas will typically return to their home range, or become a problem elsewhere and that when coyotes are hunted and killed, the population will compensate by producing larger litters and expanding their range.

Coyotes are active and often sighted at dusk, during the night and at dawn.

Mike, one of our readers, saw a coyote recently when it pranced in front of his car on Cootes Drive, Dundas, Ontario.

In July 2009, one of our readers, Hilton from London, Ontario, says "I am about 98% sure that I saw a pack of three coyotes this morning while running on Hamilton Rd, near Commisioners Rd - they were about 150 yards away from me, heading North. They were all the same color and looked alike, very similar to the picture on this page. I am sure that they were not Deer."

Their diet is mostly made up of mice and other small rodents such as Groundhogs & rabbits, Snakes, fish and carrion and they are opportunistic feeders.

This means that they will also eat garbage which has been left outside, so residents should make the effort to keep their trash enclosed and inaccessible.

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They breed in late Winter, with their young born in Spring, which are weaned at six weeks, with most pups leaving their parents in Autumn to find their own territory.

These animals don't form packs the way Wolves do, so if seen in a group, it is likely a group of siblings, and a mated pair are the basic social unit.

Canis latrans are not considered to be main carriers of rabies and only represent less than 1% of all diagnosed incidents of the disease in wild animals in Ontario over the past 40 years.

The colour variations of Coyotes range from blondes to reds and browns, and the weight and size of these animals varies from 35 to 45 pounds, although their thick fur often makes them appear heavier than they really are.

In the YouTube video below, you can hear the "Yipping" howl of the Coyote, which is very different from the howl of the Wolf which you can find in our Grey Wolf section.


If you would like to read Coyote reports from previous years, you can read them below.

Archived Coyote Sightings from 2010

Archived Coyote Sightings from 2011

Archived Coyote Sightings from 2012

Archived Coyote Sightings from 2013

Archived Coyote Sightings from 2014

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Coyotes are active in Southern Ontario ....

Have you seen any Coyotes in your area, or when you were traveling in Southern Ontario?

We would love to hear if you spotted one of these intelligent animals!

Remember to make your submission a minimum of 100 - 200 words and tell us when and where you saw the animals, the time of day, and what you observed them doing.

What Other Visitors Have Said

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Autumn Urban Coyotes in Mississauga 
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Coyotes in Mississauga 
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Coyotes have been silent for the last 3 years... 
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Coyotes 
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Etobicoke Coyotes 
Hilda Andrade, from Etobicoke, Ontario, wrote to say ..... Unfortunately this is not a good story. Recently a pack of these creatures attacked an unleashed …

Churchill Park, Cambridge, Ontario 
This morning, Thursday, January 8th, 2015 @ 7:30am. I sighted a Coyote at the entrance of Churchill Park, Christopher Drive, while walking my yellow lab. …

Coyote sightings across Ontario 
Jody from Windsor wrote to say ... I have train tracks behind my house and a small wooded area. The Coyotes are sometimes quite loud and it sounds like …

Coyotes of Mississauga Not rated yet
Below are several of the Coyote sightings from Mississauga in the past few months ... One of our readers from Erin Mills, Mississauga, reported …

Brampton Coyotes Not rated yet
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - one of our readers said ... just back from walking the dog in Rosedale Village and there was a Coyote roaming behind the clubhouse …

Coyote in Cambridge Not rated yet
I live near Shade's Mills Conservation Area (part of the Grand River Conservation Authority) and back onto green-space. This morning at 8:15, …

Coywolves Not rated yet
These live here in my woods. Thank you for these pictures from your "Critter-Cam" - I will also post this on our facebook page .

Mississauga Coyotes Not rated yet
Several readers reported Coyotes in Mississauga ... One of our reader gives a warning as there is a big Coyote on Etobicoke Creek Trail, he …

Coyote or Coywolf Not rated yet
I was in my car, thank God. But I saw this Coyote on the other side of my street. I stared at it for a good 10 minutes. It did not show any signs …

Lots of Coyotes Not rated yet
Terry Talbot from Stevensville wrote to say ... I live near the rail-road tracks in Stevensville and when the evening train comes by the Coyotes start …

Lots of Coyotes Not rated yet
Amanda from Brampton wrote to report ... Just now while getting back in my car after a walk; I noticed a "dog" running off leash across the far side …

Face to face with a Coyote Not rated yet
July 30th at about 11:00 am, I decided to go for a three hour hike along the Grand River footpath, starting at Hardy Road walking towards Paris Ontario. …

Lots of Coyote Sightings Not rated yet
One of our readers from London wrote ... Last night (August 19/15) shortly after 10 pm at the Commissioners Road & Springbank Drive intersection, I was …

Hillside Park Coyote, Waterloo Not rated yet
This morning I saw a Coyote between 6:30 and 7:00 am, and it followed me and my two dogs for quite a while. It is a wooded area. Both my dogs …

Coyote Activity in Southern Ontario Not rated yet
On May 6th Mariarosa from Scarborough wrote to tell us ... Around 10 pm I was walking my two small dogs on Prudential Drive, which is right next to the …

Recent Coyote sightings Not rated yet
Vicki B reported an early morning Coyote sighting ... I saw either a small female or young adult Coyote this morning at about 6:30 am. I had my dogs with …

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Michelle's Mississauga Coyotes Not rated yet
Michelle wrote to tell us about her many Coyote sightings in the past few months, she says ... November 10 2015, Crossfield Bend sighting - I was walking …

Coyote in my backyard  Not rated yet
A Coyote sighting in my backyard on Monday January 18th at 2pm. I was playing inside with my two daughters when I saw the Coyote run in my backyard, …

Coyote near St Agnes Elementary School Not rated yet
While walking my dog in the back of St Agnes school yard in Stoney Creek, Ontario, I saw a large animal running very quickly down Prins Ave, cross Vitoritio …

Coyote Spotting across the area Not rated yet
One of our readers said ..... Early January 2015. It was typical day for me, leaving for work at about 8:00 a.m. I was coming across to Franklin Boulevard …

Lots of Coyotes Not rated yet
Pedro from Milton told us ..... I was just woken up (3:30 a.m. February 4th, 2015) by the creepy howl of two coyotes behind the fence of my backyard. …

Coyotes around Southern Ontario Not rated yet
Jim, one of our readers from Calmachie, Ontario, wrote to say ..... On Thursday January 1st, 2015 at about 6:45 p.m. While travelling along Michigan Line …

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The Boreal Forest - Coyotes
Info about Canis latrans sometimes known as the Brush Wolf

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