Coyote management in urban areas in Montreal
The City of Montreal prepares a coyote management plan and launches an info-coyotes line
Montréal, April 10, 2018 – Continuing its actions in the management of coyotes in urban areas on its territory, the City of Montreal announces the launch of an info-coyotes line as of April 11. Citizens will be able to call 438-872-COYO (2696) between 9 am and 5 pm, 7 days a week, for information or to report. This is the first step of the coyote management plan currently being developed at the Large Parks, Greenery and Mount Royal Service (MLSSS), in collaboration with several partners.
“The coyote has been in Montreal for decades, as it is in many other major North American cities. Over time, he adapted his lifestyle to urban conditions and his behavior evolved. Its presence near inhabited areas is an issue that we take very seriously and the development of a coyote management plan in consultation with all stakeholders will serve to ensure the safety of the public, “said the Mayor of the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville and coyote management spokesman for the administration, Émilie Thuillier.
A consultation committee comprising various municipal services, various boroughs, the Police Service of the City of Montreal (SPVM), and the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks (MFFP), which legally supervises the management of wildlife , was created in February. Coordinated by the SGPVMR, its mission is to develop a management plan based on cohabitation that will be developed from scientific knowledge and best practices developed elsewhere in North America.
The plan that the committee is working to put in place revolves around three axes:
● communication and public relations;
● knowledge acquisition;
● intervention when necessary.
Concrete actions in the short term
“The safety of citizens is at the heart of our priorities. By providing a framework for managing the coyote in an urban setting, we will be able to better assess the situation and better respond to it. Since the transmission of information and the promotion of good practices remain essential elements, the creation of an info-coyotes line seemed like an essential first step, “added Émilie Thuillier.
The United Group of Educators-Naturalists and Environmental Professionals (GUEPE) will be the City’s agent for the info-coyotes line. It will also be responsible for several other measures planned for deployment in the coming weeks in the boroughs of Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Saint-Laurent and Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension:
● Information sessions in day-care centers in the boroughs concerned;
● awareness patrols in some urban parks;
● Door-to-door at the residents of Frédéric-Back Park;
● Citizen Scaring Brigades.
Scaring campaigns by a specialized firm are also planned this spring. Finally, the City is working on developing a website that will make it possible to report online.
For more information on urban coyotes in Montreal, search Cohabit with the coyote in Montreal on the City’s website.