Humans are not the only ones that live in Markham. Foxes, coyotes, rats and other wildlife can be spotted from time to time. Residents can take measures to ensure a peaceful co-existence with our wild neighbours.
Foxes and coyotes are adaptable intelligent animals that can be found in rural and urban areas throughout Ontario. They are often found near ravine systems, large grassy fields, and large parks; small mammals are a main staple in their diet.
Foxes and coyotes are an important part of our shared, local ecosystems. By understanding their behaviour, we can learn to coexist peacefully and even develop a deeper appreciation for our wild neighbours. Typically, foxes and coyotes are unlikely to initiate contact with people. But we understand, occasionally, they get too close for comfort.
Limiting human food sources is the best way to prevent encounters with these animals - but, most importantly, to help keep them wild:
Do not put out food for animals.
Keep waste in secure bins or store bins in a secure building or container.
Do not put waste bins out until the morning of pick-up.
Make sure outdoor compost containers are wildlife-proof.
Remove fallen fruit from trees and scattered bird seed from feeders.
Keep pet food inside, and do not leave small pets outdoors unattended.
If you do encounter a coyote who does not run away immediately, you can do the following:
Make noise, yell, clap your hands, stomp and wave your arms.
Do not approach the animal.
Carry a whistle or noisemaker if you are walking in known habitat areas.
If you find that the animal is sick or injured, please report it to our wildlife service provider, by calling 905.310.7722. It is also important to keep your furry family members safe. Keep your cats or small dogs indoors or supervised outside. Walk your dogs on a leash and do not leave them out unattended.