Toronto’s licensing and standards committee decided Tuesday to send a request for a “no kill” coyote policy to city staff for feedback.
The staff report will be presented to the committee in September.
Scarborough councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker had proposed the city adopt a “no kill” coyote policy after Toronto police shot and killed a coyote in Cabbagetown last month.
“I want to formalize that policy for staff and for emergency first responders,” De Baeremaeker told reporters at city hall on Tuesday.
“There are better ways to rid your neighbourhood of a coyote than resorting to extreme measures.”
De Baeremaeker, who requested a staff report on implementing the policy, is also calling for a ban on feeding coyotes as well as an education campaign.
De Baeremaeker argued that requests from residents to trap or shoot coyotes within city limits are “ill-advised and even dangerous,” both to residents and other animals.
According to De Baeremaeker, coyotes are rarely a threat to people. He said that in the last two years, Animal Services “has recorded a total of over 1,000 occurrences of dogs biting people. In the last two years there have been zero occurrences of coyotes biting people.”
The police shooting of a coyote in Cabbagetown on Feb. 11 had some groups calling for the city to put together an urban coyote plan.
The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals wants council to enact a bylaw regulating the feeding of wildlife and adopt a “Living with Coyotes” educational program, and is offering to put the program together at no cost to the city.
The association has the support of the Toronto Wildlife Centre and the group Coyote Watch.
The group said coyote attacks are extremely rare with the last one reported by Toronto Animal Services happening more than 10 years ago when a woman received a minor bite after regularly feeding a wounded coyote.