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Kingston Police, OPP cautioning after sightings of coyote and wolf

Stock photo of wolves by Eva Blue.

Local police are alerting area residents after a coyote has been spotted in residential neighbourhoods in the city’s west end.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, Kingston Police released an alert to residents in the area of Coverdale Drive, Bayridge Drive, Balantrae Cricle, and Henderson Boulevard after a coyote was seen in the area.

“It is advisable to keep pets inside to ensure their safety,” Kingston Police said.

At the same time, the Central Hastings Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are cautioning those in the area after a family pet was attacked by a Wolf on Nelson Street in Madoc.

“The pet was a small breed dog… the dog was observed being taken by the wolf at the time of the incident after dusk,” said Const. Barbara Hunter with the Central Hastings OPP.

“The dog nor the wolf have been seen since.”

The OPP are cautioning area residents to be aware when letting pets outside unattended.

“Wolves are generally shy of human contact, although human-wolf contact can occur through the predation of livestock or pets. It is largely avoidable using standard precautions,” the OPP said in a press release on Tuesday, Jan. 14 2020.

The OPP is offering the following tips to avoid such incidents:

• Do not intentionally or unintentionally feed wolves (or other wildlife) as it attracts them to your property, makes them less fearful of humans and makes them accustomed to food provided by humans.

• Properly store and maintain garbage containers. Put garbage at curbside the morning of the scheduled pickup rather than the night before.

• Use enclosed composting bins rather than exposed piles as wolves are attracted to products containing meat, milk and eggs.

• Remove any deer food and salt blocks from outdoor areas on your property.

• Keep pet food indoors.

• Well-lit yards or the use of motion sensor lighting may make your property less attractive to wolves and other nocturnal wildlife.

Other suggestions if you encounter a coyote, wolf or fox can be found on the Ontario.ca website here.

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10 thoughts on “Kingston Police, OPP cautioning after sightings of coyote and wolf

  • January 14, 2020 at 6:09 pm
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    I disagree with the statement that the livestock kills can be avoided with precautionary measures….I am an investigator for the Ontario Wildlife Compensation Program….once these predators move into an area I have witnessed relentless predation on farms who use the best practices….wolves and coyotes know to return to that location to kill and feed….only the removal of that predator ends the cycle…..MNR or municipal involvement needs to occur or livestock owners must deal with the situation on their own. Simply paying compensation as the Ontario government does not end the cycle….it allows the cycle to continue.

    • January 16, 2020 at 2:06 am
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      They are just trying to survive …i do NOT care if you are the president of ‘whatever’! Who cares what your title is…seriously!!! We are simply talking about a wild animal , trying to survive , in OUR crazy world . Keep your beloved pets close, fire off warning shots if need be, and give it a rest already. Wild animals are not the problem, we are. .

    • February 9, 2020 at 12:24 am
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      yeah right Susan Curtis, very doubt you work for them, as i know for a fact precautionary measures do in fact work.

  • January 15, 2020 at 7:16 am
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    I’m just telling you if I tend to run into one or one is on my property where I see it anywhere near my animal you better believe I will kill it I don’t even care how I kill it it’ll be dead me or it or might pet or it doesn’t matter I will kill it

  • January 15, 2020 at 12:32 pm
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    I’m a wolves and coyotes lover for many decades.Too all the people who are are
    sending negative comments stay the hell off here.
    If you’re not interested into wildlife then keep your mouths zipped shut ! !

    • January 16, 2020 at 6:31 am
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      Congratulations on your intellect and insight. This is an open page, not your exclusive domain. It’s a free country, people have a right to their opinions and you don’t tell people to “stay the hell off here” or to “zip it”.

  • January 30, 2020 at 8:49 pm
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    If your affiliation is true, then why leave out the full title: Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program. Your job would be paying out people who lose animals to wildlife. You are no friend to wildlife, at all, but get paid for pro-agriculture interests.

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