City of Brampton Coyotes are those of an Eastern Coyote averaging a weight of approximately 31-40 lbs. Coyotes are integral members of a diversified ecosystem and contribute to a necessary and healthy prey-predator balance. They are known as our natural garbage collectors. We benefit tremendously from their activities, however, human-coyote conflicts may arise when we intentionally feed them or inadvertently create opportunities for free-food around our City.
If you are looking for more ways to learn and understand Coyote behaviour and how to protect you and your property see the City of Brampton educational pamphlet - Living with Coyotes. Or you can always take a deeper dive on the Ontario Ministry website to learn more about how you can avoid conflicts with coyotes; Preventing & Managing Conflicts with Coyotes, Wolves & Foxes.
To hear more information about Coyotes in Brampton, click here to see interview aired on Prime Asia-Canada. Supervisor of Animal Services, Amanda Barrett discusses Coyotes in Brampton with Nitin Chopra.
Can coyotes be trapped and relocated?
The Ontario Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act prohibits anyone from releasing live wildlife more than one kilometre from where it is trapped. Contraventions of the Act carry a penalty of up to $25,000 and imprisonment for up to one year. The requirement to release trapped wildlife in close proximity ensures that wildlife remains in its home range area and minimizes the potential spread of disease and parasites to protect people and wildlife in our community and throughout the province.
Trapping and relocating is ineffective as coyotes will return in a short period of time if moved and can travel long distances in a few days. Additionally, removing coyotes often has the opposite of the intended effect and can increase local coyote populations as new animals move into the vacated area.