Coyote Sightings

The Town has been made aware of recent coyote sightings on an undeveloped piece of land near Fullerton’s Creek Conservation Park (off the TransCanada Highway in Reeves Estate Subdivision at the end of MacIntosh Drive) as well as within the park itself. This is not an uncommon occurrence in our surrounding area. We have spoken with representatives from the Department of Communities, Land and Environment; Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division who also wish to remind residents that this is not an unusual occurrence and with some precautions, coyotes are not to be feared.

The following precautions are advised:

– Wildlife, including foxes and coyotes, are often fed inadvertently by leaving pet food outdoors, garbage unsecured and/or by allowing bird seed to accumulate on the ground under feeders
– Small pets should not be left unattended or permitted to roam freely. Keep all dogs on leash when walking in or near wooded areas as a coyote is more likely to give chase to a dog that is running freely.
– When walking or hiking, carry a walking stick and it is best to go in groups rather than on your own.
– If you see a coyote, it is important to make your presence known. By shouting and waving your arms, and throwing sticks or rocks in their general direction, coyotes should maintain a healthy fear of humans and prevent them from becoming habituated to human presence. Never run, instead back away slowly and act big by making noise and waving your arms. If the unlikely does occur and you are attacked fight back – shout, throw stones, use a stick or whatever is available to defend yourself.
– Report all sightings to the PEI Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division at (902) 368-4683 It is important to keep in mind that these coyotes have shown no sign of aggressive behavior and that they have been observed in Stratford previously. The Town reminds all residents to report all sightings so that coyote behavior and location can be tracked and monitored.

As well, the following sign is now posted at Fullerton’s Creek Conservation Park. With advice received from the Department of Communities, Land and Environment; Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division, there is no need to close the trail system.

Coyote Sightings

The Town has been made aware of recent coyote sightings on an undeveloped piece of land near Fullerton’s Creek Conservation Park (off the TransCanada Highway in Reeves Estate Subdivision at the end of MacIntosh Drive) as well as within the park itself. This is not an uncommon occurrence in our surrounding area. We have spoken with representatives from the Department of Communities, Land and Environment; Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division who also wish to remind residents that this is not an unusual occurrence and with some precautions, coyotes are not to be feared.

The following precautions are advised:

– Wildlife, including foxes and coyotes, are often fed inadvertently by leaving pet food outdoors, garbage unsecured and/or by allowing bird seed to accumulate on the ground under feeders
– Small pets should not be left unattended or permitted to roam freely. Keep all dogs on leash when walking in or near wooded areas as a coyote is more likely to give chase to a dog that is running freely.
– When walking or hiking, carry a walking stick and it is best to go in groups rather than on your own.
– If you see a coyote, it is important to make your presence known. By shouting and waving your arms, and throwing sticks or rocks in their general direction, coyotes should maintain a healthy fear of humans and prevent them from becoming habituated to human presence. Never run, instead back away slowly and act big by making noise and waving your arms. If the unlikely does occur and you are attacked fight back – shout, throw stones, use a stick or whatever is available to defend yourself.
– Report all sightings to the PEI Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division at (902) 368-4683 It is important to keep in mind that these coyotes have shown no sign of aggressive behavior and that they have been observed in Stratford previously. The Town reminds all residents to report all sightings so that coyote behavior and location can be tracked and monitored.

As well, the following sign is now posted at Fullerton’s Creek Conservation Park. With advice received from the Department of Communities, Land and Environment; Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division, there is no need to close the trail system.

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