Visitors should be aware of coyotes in Eramosa Karst

A coyote showing signs of protecting its territory has been reported in the Eramosa Karst Conservation Area. Conservation area staff will continue to monitor the area, and signage has been posted to remind visitors of the recent coyote activity.

Please respect the coyotes’ home – keep all dogs on leashes, and leashed dogs should be kept closely tethered to eliminate any perceived threat a dog may pose to a coyote. Although it is not within a coyote’s nature to confront humans, continuous threats brought on by unleashed dogs can agitate a coyote and cause them to become aggressive with the dog to protect themselves and their territory. Additionally, please do not feed or approach a coyote so that it does not become accustomed to human contact. This could cause the animal to lose its innate fear of humans, making it more likely to approach other people.

Here are a few tips to follow from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry if you happen to come upon a coyote:

  • Always keep all pets on leashes.
  • Do not approach or feed coyotes.
  • Please do your part in not encouraging coyotes or other wildlife to associate people with food.
  • Secure garbage and pet food at home.

Dogs may be seen as a threat by coyotes to their home territory. DOGS MUST BE LEASHED AT ALL TIMES IN CONSERVATION AREAS.

Gord Costie, Director of Conservation Area Services for HCA, said, “HCA is asking hikers, especially dog walkers, to use extreme caution when visiting the area at this time. If possible, consider visiting an alternative area such as nearby Saltfleet Conservation Area or the Dofasco 2000 Trail to give wildlife more space and feel safe in their home”.

Learn more about living with coyotes.
Coyote Awareness Factsheet