The Town of Prescott is putting out a warning about coyotes. The move follows two recent sightings near the riverfront.  

Shawn Merriman, Manager of Building and Bylaw Services, says wildlife happens and it’s important to use common sense. He noted coyote sightings should be reported to bylaw if you’re seeing the animal consistently. Merriman explained it would be more concerning if coyotes decided to take up residency in town, but there’s been no evidence of that to date.

Residents are reminded not to approach wild animals and keep their pets indoors at night. 

Merriman says if you see a coyote while walking a small dog, pick you your pet, and if you’re walking a big dog, make sure to keep tight control. He noted you shouldn’t turn your back on a coyote and noise tends to frighten them.

Merriman explained it’s important not to leave food outside, make sure your garbage cans have lids and if you compost, keep the area secure. 

To report a coyote sighting, call 613-925-2812 ext. 6206.