Coyote Removal Services in Toronto
As the coyote population in the GTA grows and their habitat shrinks, sightings in urban areas are becoming more and more common. ICE is often called to remove a coyote out of concern for children’s safety or fear for the well-being of pets. We use traps, prevention and occasionally live-catch methods to humanely remove coyotes for our clients.
The coyote is a member of the dog family which includes wolves, dogs and foxes. Adult coyotes are 40 to 52 inches (101 to 132cm) long and weigh between 20 to 35 lbs. (9 to 16kg). They have a black-tipped bushy tail and their coats can vary from light or reddish grey to a buff colour. They have pointed, erect ears and yellow eyes.
Coyotes are the best runners of all the canines. They have long strong legs and four well-padded toes with non-retractable claws. They can travel great distances, at speeds up to 30 miles an hour (48 km/h).
They have 42 teeth set in a strong jaw, which are perfect for holding and biting prey. Their senses of smell, sight and hearing are exceptional which makes them very cunning hunters.
Coyotes are found in eastern Alaska, Western Canada, most of the Western United States and Central America. They are very adaptable and live in the desert, forests, mountains, plains and even in tropical areas. When they sleep they curl up in any protected spot they can find, often without much shelter.
Coyotes are carnivores (meat eaters). They hunt for rabbits, deer, elk, birds, snakes, lizards, fish, sheep, young calves and any carrion they find – but they also eat some fruits and grasses. When they are near humans they eat the rats and mice that feed off rubbish dumps. Because they can adapt so easily to their surroundings and the different seasons, they have more chance of finding something to eat and are able to survive.
Family members howl and yelp to communicate with each other, and to let any neighbors know they are there. Coyotes are most active at dawn, dusk and during the night. Because they are good hunters and can adapt to different habitats and seasons they can usually find food easily. They are also cunning enough to survive being hunted by humans who set traps and put out poison for them.