Any wild animal is best enjoyed from a distance, and left to do their thing. This is especially important to remember for coyotes.
Coyotes are small, dog-like animals that look like a cross between a fox and a German Shepherd. They can be found all over our town, as they adapt well to both park environments and urban areas.
Having a healthy urban wildlife population, including coyotes, helps to control populations of other wildlife (especially rodents) from becoming problematic.
What Can You Expect From Us
- We will monitor coyote activity in the Town of White City and place warnings on this webpage and information signs in areas with coyote activity or den sites
- We will provide tips to the public about keeping coyotes out of your yard and how to have safe encounters with coyotes on public property. (see below)
What Can You Do To Help Us
- Reporting coyote sightings by calling Town Office at 306-781-2355
- Secure your yard with fencing and ensure that gates remain closed
- Do not feed pets outside
- Clean around barbecues, bird feeders and fruit trees
- Remove and prevent potential hiding and den sites
- Install motion activated lights
Current Activity Sightings
There have been recent sightings of coyotes within municipal boundaries - we recommend residents remain vigilant when out walking, not to let pets out unattended and see below for additional tips.
Tips For Coyotes:
- Enjoy all wildlife from a distance. Let them do their thing.
- Never feed coyotes or leave pet food (including bird seed) outside or at ground level.
- Be mindful of where your children are- and don’t leave them unattended.
- Carry a loud whistle or other noise-making device with you in areas that have coyotes.
- Throw all garbage in park containers and pick up after your pet.
- Do NOT run or turn away.
- Scare the coyote by shouting and waving your arms overhead.
- Bang sticks or clang pots together at the animal.
- Maintain eye contact and back away slowly.
- If you encounter an aggressive coyote(s), contact the Town Office at 206-781-2355, if you feel you are in danger, contact 911 immediately
- Keeping pets away from coyotes keeps pet safe.
- In on-leash parks, always leash your dogs.
- In off-leash areas, if coyotes are present or in the area, keep your dogs leashed. Shorter leashes keep dogs safer.
- Keep your cats indoors- it keeps cats safe from coyotes and songbirds safe from cats.
- Pick up dog poop - it attracts coyotes.
- Close/block areas under porches, decks or steps.
- Clean up compost, garbage and other food sources.
- Pick up fallen fruit and seed around bird feeders.
- Don't store food outside.
- At night, keep pets secured in your yard, or inside your home.
- Don’t leave pets unattended in your yard.