What to do when you meet a coyote

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This article was published 11/10/2021 (348 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Fall is my favourite season. In our beautiful communities of Charleswood and Headingley we have many outdoor spaces in which we can enjoy the crisp fall air. From neighbourhood parks to walking trails, to the gorgeous Assiniboine river flowing through and next to our communities.

The constituency of Roblin is a truly unique environment because it really is a little bit city and a little bit country.

It’s no wonder that families choose to settle down in this wonderful region. And it’s not just people who love our community, its wildlife, too. We’ve all seen the many deer that choose our neighbourhood to frolic, there is a variety of birds, and I’ve seen foxes and rabbits, even beavers.

Dreamstime.com Coyote sightings have been frequent in the Roblin constituency. These animals often travel in packs so, if you see one, there may be more nearby.

In recent years, I’ve heard more and more from constituents about coyote sightings. With our location near the Perimeter Highway and close to rural landscapes, our communities can see a variety of different wildlife than we might be used to. But coyotes are not harmless and encountering one or more should be taken seriously.

Coyotes often travel in packs so when we see one, there might be more nearby. They predominantly eat smaller animals, such as mice and rabbits and have been known to rummage through garbage.

Be sure to properly dispose of your garbage to ensure that coyotes don’t see an opportunity for a meal.

The Winnipeg Humane Society has some important tips on how to deal with a coyote.

These include: standing your ground,and making yourself as big and loud as you can. Wave your arms around and yell. You might even want to throw a stick or rock in their direction to scare them off – but be sure not to harm them.

It’s important when we walk around our neighbourhoods with our dogs that we keep them on a leash.

For some dogs, seeing a coyote might be cause for a game of chase. Keeping dogs on a leash will keep them safe from coyotes.

Charleswood and Headingley are charming and nature-filled communities.

Together, these communities make up an amazing constituency I am so proud to call my home. Let’s be sure to co-exist respectfully with the wildlife all around us, including the coyotes.

Myrna Driedger

Myrna Driedger
Roblin constituency report

Myrna Driedger is the PC MLA for Roblin.

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