City's Coyote Control Program
Urban Coyote Information
Coyotes are medium sized canines that vary in colour from gray-brown to yellow-gray and any combination of those colours; the belly and throat are cream coloured. They have a bushy tail with a black tip that is often held low behind the legs. Coyotes often appear large, especially in winter, due to their heavy fur coat and bushy tail. In reality coyotes are quite small, 9-16 kg (20-35 lbs) for adults, roughly the same size as a beagle or springer spaniel.
Coyotes are part of our urban wildlife and should be respected, but from a safe distance.
- Coyote attacks on people are extremely rare.
- They play a beneficial role in the food chain by eating mice, rats, gophers and other small rodents.
- Coyotes can from time to time attack a domestic pet.
- Coyotes are territorial and could consider your dog a threat. Coyotes may try to lure a dog away and attack it to eliminate the threat.
- Coyotes have a natural fear of humans but may become defensive and may attack if they are protecting food or a den.
Why are there Coyotes in the City of Regina?
Coyotes have always been in the area long before settlers arrived in Regina. Today, they are mostly seen in the outlying areas and green spaces of the city. Because the city is growing there is a loss of habitat for the coyotes, which could force them to find other alternatives to food sources such as food that may be available in backyards, such as pet food, garbage, fruit and bird seed.
What does the City do about Coyotes?
When an incident is reported, the City will investigate and determine if a problem exists. Depending on the situation, a course of action will be taken. This could include scare tactics, live trapping or coyote removal.
- Never leave food in your backyard.
- Do not feed wildlife
- Never walk your dog off-leash in areas that are frequented by coyotes. By permitting your pets to run free outside of your property, you provide an opportunity for a potentially serious encounter between your pet and a coyote.
- Never leave a small pet in the yard unattended for long periods of time.
- Never leave cats out roaming.
- Coyotes can be attracted to dog feces, ensure that you clean up your pet in your yard and along the areas that you frequent with your dog.
- Clean up compost, fallen fruit, garbage, fallen bird seed and other potential food sources.
- Share these tips with your family, friends and neighbours.
What should you do if you encounter a Coyote?
If a coyote does approach, make it feel uncomfortable. This could change the coyotes behaviour to feel uncomfortable around humans.
- Make yourself appear large, wave your arms overhead, shout and throw rocks, sticks or other objects to scare it away.
- Carry a whistle and blow it to startle the animal.
- Do not run away or turn away, this may trigger a response for the coyote to chase or pursue you.
- If the coyote continues to approach, maintain eye contact and back away slowly, move towards buildings or public activity.
Who should you call regarding Coyotes?
- In an emergency situation where there is immediate danger call 9-1-1.
- For non-emergency situations and to report a coyote sighting, call 306-777-7000.