Increased coyote sightings in Ahuntsic-Cartierville have public officials worried. It used to be a rare occurrence, but now, more and more coyotes are being seen in Montreal. There have been reports of coyotes following humans back home. They’ve also been known to attack small pets such as cats and dogs. Pet owners are being urged to keep their pets indoors.
The city of Montreal has had to hold information sessions and erect signs in an effort to educate residents on how to live with coyotes. The main concern is that people are feeding the coyotes, which makes them stop fearing humans. These are wild animals, and could become dangerous to children if they manage to gang up.
The latest sightings have happened around Saint-André-Apôtre elementary school in Ahuntsic, worrying parents about the possibility that a coyote could attack a small child on the way to or from school.
Last summer, a total of 10 coyotes were trapped by animal control because they had come too close to humans. Seven were relocated to wilder areas, and three had to be put down because they were in such bad shape.