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Increased coyote sightings normal this time of year, says City of Toronto

"Coyotes have become a natural part of the urban landscape in Toronto," the city said in a news release.

The City of Toronto wants residents to know that an increase in coyote sightings is to be expected this time of year.

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The City of Toronto wants residents to know that an increase in coyote sightings is to be expected this time of year.

The City of Toronto wants residents to know that an uptick in coyote sightings can be expected this time of year, especially for those living near ravines or forests.

The city issued a news release in response to reported coyote sightings in High Park, shared online by residents and veterinarians.

Along with information about Toronto's "coyote response strategy" that includes the city's criteria for the "removal of coyotes," the release also has some guidelines for pet owners.

Toronto recommends pet owners who live in areas known to have coyote activity to keep their dogs on a leash and keep cats indoors, and to refrain from feeding pets outside.

"A bite on another animal is not grounds for removal, as this is normal coyote behviour," it says.

"Coyotes have become a natural part of the urban landscape in Toronto and are an important part of the ecosystem as they control rodent and rabbit populations," it adds.

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