Coyotes, once ghosts in our midst, are now seen more frequently in Ottawa’s urban and rural environment. Urban sprawl is a key factor influencing coyote sightings. Dens are destroyed through development; new territories must be found to hunt and forage; increased human infrastructure, such as roads and shrinking forest corridors, affect wildlife movement. The resilient, intelligent coyote adapts well to these changing environmental conditions.
Understanding coyote normal habits and behaviours, and learning how to deal with and prevent encounters can ease fears and empower us to live in peaceful coexistence with these intelligent and resourceful creatures.
Our updated 1-page factsheet is shown below. You can also download a PDF version.