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.