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Visiting Central Park with your dog

coyoteFrom time to time we hear about coyote sightings in Central Park. The City of Burlington has an excellent web page all about coyotes in Burlington. They describe coyotes as being very wary of humans, preferring to avoid contact with people whenever possible. Coyotes do not hunt dogs but they may feel threatened by them. Every year, Halton Public Health has over 900 reported incidents of coyote encounters with cats and dogs.

Because Central Park and the library are popular destinations for dog owners, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • keep your dog on a leash when at the park, especially during pupping season (March/April to June) and when young pups leave the den (September to October)
  • be diligent about scooping after your pet makes a deposit. Coyotes are attracted to dog feces.

If you plan to leave your dog tied up and unattended outside while visiting the library, please be aware that you may be putting your pet at risk if an agressive coyote comes along. Only service animals are permitted inside the library.

Have you encountered a coyote? Call 905.335.3030 or report it online.

Please make your pet's visit to the park a safe and happy one.