Encouraging news from Hamilton Conservation Authority. Instead of warning people to stay away from the coyote’s territory until it can be found and killed, staff are asking people to give it space so it can live in peace — and probably breed and rear its young. This is a good news story for nature near the Niagara Escarpment!
A coyote showing signs of protecting its territory has been reported in the Eramosa Karst Conservation Area, specifically in the north half along the Yellow and Orange Trail between the Pottruff Homestead and the Nexus Cave. Conservation Area staff will be monitoring the area. Signs have been posted in the Conservation area advising visitors of the reported coyote behaviour and dog walkers are asked to avoid the area. Dogs may be seen as a threat by coyotes to their home territory. DOGS MUST BE LEASHED AT ALL TIMES IN CONSERVATION AREAS. Walkers are also asked to avoid the area for the time being until more is known.
Bruce Mackenzie, Director of Customer Services for the HCA said “The HCA hopes that we can ask hikers and especially dog walkers to avoid the area for now and let wildlife feel safe in their home. At times the wildlife in our conservation areas need space from people and their pets.”
Here’s a fact sheet with information on coyotes.