Montreal is a booming city, especially for coyotes.
The population of wild coyotes has increased quite a bit recently, leading to more sighting and altercations with Montrealers, and it’s become an official “city problem.”
Six people have reported being bitten on the leg or scratched by coyotes in Montreal this year. At least three dogs have also been attacked.
Though coyotes have always been part of Montreal’s urban wildlife, they are becoming increasingly bold in their contact with humans, causing problems. See, coyotes are usually nocturnal animals, but are being spotted in broad daylight on busy urban streets.
Two of the reasons coyotes are bolder this year.
- They have no natural predators on the island of Montreal.
- There is less trapping by humans as it becomes less popular and less socially acceptable.
That leaves the coyote population to expand, meaning more chances of coming into contact with humans.
Now, if you do find yourself caught unawares, staring down a wild coyote, here’s a guide on what you should do.
Basically, don’t run, try to seem as large-and-imposing as possible, and make lots of noise.
In short, these guys won’y attack unless they feel threatened. They’re just looking for food and most likely the garbage irresponsible humans leave outdoor.