LaSalle Plans to Host Public Meeting With Ministry to Discuss Coyotes


The Town of LaSalle has taken its first step to battle increased coyote activity in the municipality.

On Tuesday, council agreed to host a community open house with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

A date for the public meeting has not been set but council hopes to hold it in the fall.

Deputy Mayor Crystal Meloche says everyone is on high alert right now and feels it's important to educate the community.

"We have to look at ways to help our residents live with these animals, I know that's not what people want to hear," says Meloche.  "I know we do have and I don't want to say a problem in the Town of LaSalle because it's Windsor Essex County who are having these issues with coyotes but we do seem to have an area in our town that is of concern right now and we need to figure out how to address that."    

Lori Quaggiotto was on hand for the meeting and addressed council.

Her dog was attacked and killed by a coyote in the Bouffard Rd. area in early June.

She feels the town is taking the issue seriously.

"We understand there's a process," says Quaggiotto.  "We also understand there's a problem out there.  So this took from June 4th to August 13th, I hope that the next process happens quicker."

Quaggiotto says coyotes are still in her neighbourhood and her family sees them at least a couple times a week.

"We're a little bit fearful let's say to go outside even during the day to let the dogs out," says Quaggiotto.  "My husband still goes out there and just as of last week he's seen them behind our fence line."

Meloche says Oakville has a map on its website to track coyotes and complaints.

She feels the town needs something similar.

"We don't have a system in place right now to track," says Meloche.  "So that's what I asked administration to look into is let's start with the proper way to track this.  The proper way to create a map so we really understand, is it one attack, is it five, is it 10 sightings, is it one sighting, we need the information and we don't have it right now."

Council also plans to look at creating a coyote working committee to help move the process forward.

Councillor Jeff Renaud also wants the town to look into a hard-side garbage container bylaw and look at its current fencing height bylaw.

There was a second coyote attack involving a dog in the Bouffard Road area in June.

The dog lost an eye in the attack.