Notice to Residents: Coyote Sightings

This is a notice asking residents to be vigilant when working, exercising, or playing outside, particularly when and where children and pets are present.

In recent weeks (February 2022), there have been several reports of one, or several, slightly emboldened coyote(s) in the immediate area. More specifically, closer to the wooded areas along the SJAM Parkway; at Remic Rapids; at Tunney’s Pasture (see photo below); and near Island Park Dr. where it intersects the SJAM Parkway.

[Coyote standing and staring sideways at you]

While the CPCA has heard no reports of outright aggressive behaviour by the animal(s), witnesses have noted they are less timid than what would normally be expected, and at least one of them is on the ‘larger end of the spectrum’ for a coyote.

We have logged the matter the city’s 3-1-1 line, Councillor Leiper’s office, and the NCC’s client service line.

If you interact with, see, or hear of other resident encounters with coyotes, please follow the instructions below once you are in a safe location:


  1. Aggressive behaviour by a coyote towards a human should be reported immediately to the Ottawa Police Service by calling 9-1-1.
  2. If you have been bitten or scratched by a coyote, please call Ottawa Public Health, (or 3-1-1 after hours) to speak with a Public Health Inspector.
  3. All other coyote sightings should be reported to 3-1-1, so the City can track the locations of the animals.
  4. Sightings and interactions on NCC property may also be reported to the NCC via the following routes: 613-239-5000 or 1-800-465-1867 (toll-free), TTY : 613-239-5090 or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free), Email :

For more information on living with coyotes, and other small urban wildlife predators, please consult the following links:

Preventing and managing conflicts with coyotes, wolves and foxes (Ministry of Natural Resources)

Living with Wildlife: Coyotes (Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)

Coexisting with coyotes (Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary)

From the NCC web site:

The Greenbelt Coyote poster:
[NCC Poster of Coyote and What to Do List]