Possible Wolf or Coyote pack in Collingwood

by Kevin
(Collingwood, Ontario)

I live on the SW part of Collingwood, Ontario, that is bordered by forest and farmland. Over the past couple months there have been sightings of Coyotes and Grey Wolves in the area.


The pack seems to be getting more aggressive as they are coming into a nearby subdivision at night to hunt. Two nights ago (November 18th) my wife and I were out walking our golden retrievers, and any of the dogs that were backing onto an open field were going ballistic.

Shortly after that started you could hear the pack yelping. This is not the first time I have heard them this close to home. My wife had even spotted a Coyote while on a walk in the middle of the day right on a walking path here in town.

Needless to say she is terrified of them and won't even let the dogs go out in our fenced-in backyard once it is dark.

Should we be worried about them trying to come over a 6.5' fence? I know that lots of other people in the neighborhood have been worried about them. And some have said that they have clearly seen Grey Wolves.

I'm not too sure how to know the difference by their sound.

Thanks for your submission to our website, Kevin.

I'd suggest that you click on the links above, for Coyotes and Wolves - I have put Youtube videos on those pages, so you can click on the video and listen to the sound that each animal makes.

The Coyotes "Yip" and the Wolves "Howl" so you might be able to listen to the sounds, and know what you are dealing with.

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Feb 28, 2018
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Co-existing with coyotes
by: Susan

People can co-exist with coyotes please keep your dog on leash at all times. There are several excellent tips on Coyote Watch Canada facebook pages they are an amazing organization and very helpful I believe they will be in Collingwood soon to host an event. Check it out. Coyotes are cool animals really nothing to worry about as long as we follow some simple things! I have lived in Collingwood since 1992 we have 2 that have lived in our area for awhile with no issues. We have more problems with people from the city letting their dogs off leash than coyotes. My dogs have been attacked by 5 dogs that were off leash right on the Georgian trail these people are very irresponsible and it is against the law.

Feb 21, 2018
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Howls near Scenic Caves
by: Anonymous

We've heard the howling up in a field near the Scenic Caves - we were star gazing Around 8 - 9 pm. At first the howling was far away, then in a few moments quite close and from different sides. We skedaddled out of there pretty quick.

I would have skedaddled out pretty quick too!
Thanks for telling us!

Feb 18, 2018
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Howling Dog in Agony - another attack?
by: Anonymous

Tonight around 10:30 / 11 pm, between Georgian Manor and Blueshores, where coyotes are being spotted more frequently. Heard a dog crying out in agony after intense barking for a while. We went outside to see where the noise was coming from but couldn't see or place it. Can't stop thinking about that dog. Did anyone else hear this?

Feb 16, 2018
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16 Feb 2018
by: Werner

After waking due to howling last night, I got up at 2:30 am to see 3 large coyotes running down the beach at the mouth the Pretty River towards Blue Shores. They looked like they were on a mission. Neighbours have seen 2-3 at time often, sometimes even during daytime hours. We no longer let our cats out cause we like them.

Feb 16, 2018
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Coyote or Wolf?
by: Anonymous

Since September, I frequently come across either coyotes or wolves on my drive along 26. I'd have to say I've seen a good four of them, about German Shepherd sized, and at least five or six more "possible" ones. I say "possible" because it was dark and the animal was far away, so it may have been a deer or dog, I can't be sure. Be careful and stay alert! The one I saw tonight was just outside of Eden and was definitely a grey wolf. It was MASSIVE!

Feb 01, 2018
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Two Large Coyotes
by: Anonymous

I just saw two large coyotes running across Hume St near Minnesota St. They were on the trail, one was a beige colour and the other one was grey and white. I was in my car and they were stopped looking back at me from the trail. I was surprised by how big they are.

Jan 30, 2018
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Pack in east Collingwood
by: Anonymous

Six Coyote sightings in last few months, two are very large, others are smaller. Pack moving through yards in the mornings and evenings. Several rabbit carcasses along trails and in public park areas. Be aware re: pets in backyards in Bush/River Run/Dillon/Napier/Peel area.

Nov 18, 2017
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Saw the Coyotes
by: Anonymous

I just saw a pack of 3 or 4 Coyotes crossing hwy 26 by the Cranberry Hotel! They might have been chasing a cat or raccoon. I am visiting the area from Toronto.

Sep 27, 2017
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Coyotes
by: Anonymous

Just seen two Coyotes running down John Street in Stayner, around 5:45 am, after someone's cat.

Aug 03, 2017
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Cats disappearing in Stayner
by: Anonymous

I saw 4 large coyotes on Sunnidale Street in Stayner, Ontario, last night. They tore apart someone's cat and left the carcass on my neighbour's lawn when they were scared off. Many, many cats are missing in town.

Jul 26, 2017
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More sightings
by: A Wilson

I have sighted a reddish-grey Coyote in the Napier St area around 6 pm and 9 pm. Now this morning my neighbour's cat was killed and 1/2 eaten. We called the town but animal control said there is nothing they can do about this problem nor would the MNR. Something be done to protect our pets, they are not food for wildlife!!

May 19, 2016
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Coyote
by: Bill

4:15 May 19th - I just saw a lone Coyote crossing Mountain Road between 10th and 11th Line, heading towards Blue Mountain Golf Club.

May 14, 2016
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Coyote sighting
by: Anonymous

Just saw a very large solo Coyote crossing from the golf course on Cranberry East (very popular dog walking street) please be aware and careful - leash your dogs.

Nov 12, 2015
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Coyotes spotted again in Collingwood
by: Brian Schryver

I am a property manager in Collingwood and several homeowners have reported seeing Coyotes recently in the West end of Collingwood, around the Cranberry Golf Course. It is recommended that children be monitored while outdoors and pets be on a leash at all times!

Nov 12, 2015
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Coyotes or Wolves heard at 11:00 pm November 2015
by: Anonymous

I live in the lighthouse point condominium complex and I have seen a very large Coyote twice over the last year while walking my dog. The first was in May of 2015 just outside of my apartment (on a trail that runs along the shoreline of Georgian Bay). The Coyote was very tall (at least 2.5 feet at the shoulders) and stopped to watch me and my dog for 15-30 seconds before heading down the trail. In October 2015, I saw what could have been the same Coyote just off the trail near the boardwalk at lighthouse point. The Coyote again stopped when it saw us and watched us from behind some tall grass. Both times I have been surprised by the size of the Coyote because I had pictured them being much smaller. Last night at around 11:00 pm (again while walking my dog) I heard several deep howls followed by a lot of yipping sounds. I am not sure if these animals are Coyotes or Wolves or Coy-wolves but I'd suggest residents keep their pets close.

Mar 14, 2015
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Coyotes 1:00 am March 14, 2015 Mulligan Lane
by: Anonymous

This is the second time I have heard a pack yipping away...it is a very scary sound. They are close to the golf course. I have never heard them before moving to Wasaga Beach.

Feb 22, 2015
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Coyotes in Wasaga Beach
by: Anonymous

I live in Wasaga Beach on Silver Birch, and back onto a wooded area. A couple of weeks ago at 23:00 I looked out my front window & saw two Coyotes trotting down the middle of the road. I couldn't believe my eyes. I continued to watch & they turned onto Bush Cr., out of my sight; scary !!!

Feb 04, 2015
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Coyote Sighting
by: Anonymous

Just saw a Coyote running up then down the street on Craigmore Crescent, not far from the Toronto Ski Club and Blue Mountain Inn. Just to warn people to keep their pets close.

Feb 01, 2015
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Wolf in trails 11th line
by: Anonymous

We just came back from a walk in the trails off 11th line in Collingwood. We were just walking out of the trails at the bottom and we heard an eerie sound. The deepest howl I've ever heard. It was close. I heard that howl in a movie called AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. My husband looked back and there he was. A huge animal, as big as a Saint Bernard. A giant. We started running ... Our little pup had been off leash and maybe woke him. He retreated when we got to the open space at Deer Trail. Don't think I will go back in there again!

Jan 05, 2015
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Highway 4
by: Anonymous

I hit a Wolf on highway 4 yesterday. He was huge and came out of nowhere. I was able to swerve a bit, but I clipped his back end. When I stopped he was nowhere to be seen. I hope that he wasn't too badly hurt :(

Jan 02, 2015
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Visually there isn't much difference between Eastern Coyote and Wolf
by: Anonymous

The chances of these sightings of a Wolf in Collingwood would be slim. Coyotes and Wolves usually don't share them same territory. In Ontario we have Eastern Coyotes. These Coyotes look a lot different than the typical image of the mangy Coyote from the road runner and more like their half brother, the Wolf. Coyotes do howl like a Wolf to an uneducated ear. It is the dominant male or female claiming territory and / or mating calls. I live in the Cranberry set of condos and near the golf course and I can tell you that there at least 6 in one family pack as I've encountered them on multiple occasions. They have followed me before to check me out, but I haven't yet and probably wont have an incident. As for a solution well, they have always been there and we are on theire ground but responsible population control should be introduced. The suburban Coyote has nothing to fear as it isn't hunted in town and is top of the food chain. They will try to lure a dog away from people and toward the pack as it only sees a domestic dog as a territory threat.


Sep 19, 2014
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Coyotes
by: Anonymous

There are now 5 missing cats in Cranberry since the sightings of Coyotes!!!!

Sep 16, 2014
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Coyotes
by: Anonymous

We live in Cranberry Village and we were notified by property management that there were recent spotting of Coyotes around the Cranberry tennis courts and in the parking lot of the Cranberry Hotel. We have since been missing our cat who very rarely leaves our immediate area. We suspect a Coyote is to blame. BEWARE

Sep 11, 2014
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Wolf in Collingwood
by: Jan

I live in Georgian Meadows on the Black Ash Creek and there is definitely a Wolf. He howls once or twice in the late evening and in the morning between 4:00 am and 5:00 am. We have always had Coyote packs, but they just yip/yap (we here them running across the wooden bridge). At first I thought this was a siren since it was such an even sound from low to high. I have not heard any answering call from farther away so I am assuming he/she is alone. The howling has been very consistent for the past 7 days (we have heard no Coyotes since). I was under the impression that howling was either to find the pack or call the pack but I could be wrong. Either way it hasn't made any attempt to come around our yard.

Sep 05, 2014
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Coyotes not wolves
by: Anonymous

Just so you all know, it is not Wolves in the area. Wolves are an extremely rare occurrence in extreme southern Ontario. The animal you are seeing is referred to as a Eastern Coyote which does in fact contain genes of the Eastern Wolf. I would say that the chances of seeing a Wolf would be as southerly as Algonquin Park or the Sudbury area. This is not proven but I have done some research.

Sep 05, 2014
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I've had an incedent
by: Anonymous

I used to work up at Blue Mountain but I had to bike to and from work every day. My trips home are always in the middle of the night and one night I was biking home alone and had a pair of Wolves or Coyotes whatever it was - it chased me from the old factory just up the road from the dump, all the way to Wal-mart bridge. I think something should be done about these guys before someone gets attacked. They are pretty ballsy, and I hear them often out in Black Ash area, not far from the edge of town

Sep 03, 2014
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Wolf in Collingwood
by: Concerned Fisherman

I live in Collingwood, Ontario, on 7th and Oak Street and twice I've seen a Grey Wolf casually strolling down 7th Streett by him/her self. My first sighting was at 1:00 am and the 2nd was 11:45 pm. Also my girlfriend was on the the walking trail off Campbell Streett in Collingwood and was chased by 3 Grey Wolves off the trail - thank God for a concerned neighbour who kept her calm and helped her get to shelter quickly, there was numerous household dogs barking and other people banging pots and pans to scare or distract them while she got to safety, but they were not phased by the ruckus. Be safe around dusk on those trails and bring protection. Yours truly - Concerned Fisherman

Aug 25, 2014
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Pack of possible Coyotes
by: Anonymous

Heard them last night by Krista Court and Lockhart area, extremely loud yelping.

Aug 01, 2014
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I too live in Collingwood
by: Anonymous

I also live in Collingwood near 3rd and High Street. At night time when we go to take out the garbage, in the last few years almost every night you can hear the Coyotes yipping and what sounds sometimes like scrapping with each other. They sound really really close. But in the last couple of months we been hearing the Coyotes yipping and not too far off a wolf pack howling together. I know the difference I lived 25 km in the dense bush in a cabin for almost 3 years and we would see Wolves all the time, as well as Moose, deer, bear etc. I never knew wolves were here, but I know now they most definitely are, and close by.

Sep 29, 2013
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Wolves
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Trapper and two Natives - 1922 Ontario. When a trapper did not return to the post office as promised, two natives were sent to find him. All three were killed by wolves.
I found this information on Wiki.

Sep 23, 2013
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Stayner Ontario
by: Anonymous

I heard wolves around here in Stayner, Ontario, for the first time it was pretty scary too. We do have coyotes around here yelping at night in the fields. We do Bonfires in our backyard, my Yorkie is pretty smart she doesn't like it outside and wants inside!!
I do love nature but its always good to be safe.
I'm planning to move to Muskoka one day, so I must be ready for the future things I will see and hear.
Me and my husband met someone that told us a true story , Him and his best friend were walking at night in winter (they were hikers) when they heard
a lot of howling of wolves, so they began to run fast and faster, when this man we met told us that he looked back for his friend he was gone, he was in shock and kept on running. He told us that he was sure that the wolves has attacked his friend because he never heard or seen him again.
Nature is beautiful but we have to be very careful.


May 14, 2013
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Common Sense
by: Taylor

Alright guys... I'm sorry to ruin the enjoyment of people believing they are seeing Wolves in southern Ontario, but this is absolutely ridiculous. Wolves are the most shy and timid animals in Canada, there territory ranges from 20 kilometers to over 1000. They want nothing to do with man, and know that man is a danger to them. There is not enough are for wolves to live up here, this is also why moose do not live here. What you are seeing is a pack of coyotes. If you feel threatened, contact a local hunter or trapper

Mar 20, 2013
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Wolves in Collingwood
by: Anonymous

I live in Collingwood too, Coyotes and Wolves are very common here, on Oak street by the Ski Club, I had seen a Coyote around 11:30 pm, that's really in town. Outside Collingwood, Wolves and Coyotes are easier to find than you would think, I've seen Wolves every year in this area (mostly the Duntroon area).

Mar 16, 2013
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Wolf sighting on Cranberry Golf Course
by: Anonymous

A single Wolf ran down the 16th fairway and crossed over to the 15th fairway around mid-morning on March 16,2013

Mar 13, 2013
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Dead Wolf near Collingwood roundabout
by: Anonymous

Saw body of large Grey Wolf next to highway near Collingwood roundabout yesterday morning.

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