Burlington offers coyote whistles to residents amid recent attacks in the city

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Following a handful of recent reported coyote attacks in Burlington, the city is offering coyote whistles to help residents “haze” any of the wild animals they may encounter.

In a release on Tuesday night, a statement said the whistles are available “first come, first serve” at its service offices at Sims Square, the Nelson Recreation Centre and at seven public library branches.

Burlington mayor Marianne Meed Ward told 900 CHML’s Hamilton Today that as of Wednesday afternoon, the city was out of whistles due to high demand.

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“They went in less than 24 hours,” said Meed Ward.

“So people are really trying to take steps to protect themselves, which is great.”

The mayor says a new supply will be arriving soon but suggests those who don’t want to wait can buy a similar product at most hardware or sporting goods stores.

Read more: Jogger ‘shaken’ by coyote attack in Burlington

Last week Burlington animal control advised residents to use “hazing techniques” to shoo away coyotes, including yelling loudly, waving arms, throwing small rocks and even spraying the animal with a garden hose or water gun filled with vinegar.

The message came after a jogger, an 18-year-old girl and a two-and-a-half-year-old child were reportedly attacked this past August in south-central and southeast Burlington.

Meed Ward assured residents the problem was with one coyote that was positively identified by animal control and “eliminated.”

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She says there’s still a search for another animal responsible for two other attacks on residents.

A coyote action plan that will be released by the city on Friday. Committee members are expected to hear suggestions from the public at a September 14 meeting.

In the meantime, the municipality is urging residents to reach out to animal control in the event they encounter a coyote via a reporting tool on their website.

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