Coyote Awareness

The Town of Torbay receives notice that coyotes are spotted in our community from time to time. Please review the below information on identifying coyotes, what to do if they are near your home and if one approaches you.

Credit: Information provided by the Department of Environment & Climate Change, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador.

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Are coyotes dangerous?

We live in harmony with most wildlife in Newfoundland and Labrador, often without even realizing it. Our forests and barrens are home to many animals; unless we intentionally seek them out, some people can go a lifetime without being aware of their presence. As long as humans and wildlife respect each others’ boundaries, conflicts can be avoided – but we all have to do our part to make sure we don’t encourage behaviour that could cause problems for wildlife.

If coyotes are near your home:

  • Never leave edible garbage or pet food outside.
  • Limit use of birdseed, and pick up fallen fruit around your property.
  • Keep pets indoors, or under supervision when outside. Roaming or unattended pets
    are an easy target for coyotes. Have pets spayed or neutered to avoid attracting coyotes.
  • Never attempt to tame a coyote by feeding it.
  • If you are having a problem with coyotes near your home,
    contact a local Conservation Officer or other authority.

If a coyote approaches you:

  • Stop, remain calm and assess your situation.
  • Never approach or crowd a coyote — give it an escape route.
  • If the coyote seems unaware of you, move away quietly when it is not looking in your direction.
  • If the coyote is aware of you, respond aggressively: wave your arms, shout, and maintain eye contact. Carry a whistle and blow it to startle the animal.
  • Throw rocks, sticks or other objects at the coyote. It’s a good idea to carry a walking stick with you for protection if necessary.
  • If the coyote continues to approach, back away slowly and move toward buildings or human activity. Do not turn away or run. This will encourage the coyote to chase you.
  • If the coyote attacks you, fight back.

For more information, or to report a coyote sighting, please contact:

Department of Environment & Climate Change – Wildlife Division. (709) 637-2025

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