Saw Two Coyotes
(Brampton, Ontario, Canada)
About 2 months ago I was driving up Mississauga Road heading South just past Embleton Road at night and as I topped the hill I saw what looked like two Wolves dart at speed across the road.
It was past 10:00 pm and they vanished into the Lionhead Golf Course grounds.
I live just past that golf course, my street practically ends at the Golf Course itself. Needless to say I was concerned. I had seen smaller foxes before in the area but never such large animals.
Later reports indicated these may have been Coyote - not Wolves. Large and dangerous animals none-the-less.
Sure enough, a few weeks ago my wife had just driven up to the house, unloaded both our infants one by one out of the car and into the house, turned around at the front door to go empty out the groceries from the car trunk - and stopped cold in her tracks when she saw a Coyote staring back at her from behind her own car!
She immediately retreated inside and was quite shaken and distraught as she could easily have walked right up to it before seeing anything as it had been hidden behind her car that she had just driven up in and parked few minutes ago.
We called 311 to report and were told "Yes, it's already been called in. WE are second caller about the animal at large in that area. Thanks for calling it in....." and that was that.
Then we had a city of Brampton employee going
door-to-door stop by to distribute Coyote pamphlets the other day. While they recognized this was a dangerous type of animal - one which they themselves were not comfortable trying to actively chase, they indicated that apart from a few walk-in-box type traps they were not doing anything about it.
The logic was that the Coyotes are part of the eco-system.
While that is very nice, our family's safety - our little children's safety comes before wildlife and eco-system conservation in an area where there is so much new development happening recently.
This issue never occurred before the past few months however, it appears that the new sub-division coming up on the north-west corner of Mississauga Road and Steeles Avenue had disrupted a Coyote den.
We have lived in the area for almost 3 year, and never had these issues before.
I guess picketing in front of the new developers offices will alert prospective buyers to the dangers of moving their young and precious families to such a dangerous neighborhood.
I hope it doesn't take a person's death for the city to wake up and send in hunting parties to track down and eliminate the threat to our families.
Once I've organized some picketing around the sales offices I'm sure the right kind of action will be taken immediately to eliminate this threat, however, I'm skeptical if any decisive action will be taken before some builder actually thinks they may lose money by people being scared away from the area.
- Concerned Citizen of Brampton Mississauga / Steeles Area