Maggie Sue was snatched from a back yard on Bouffard Road in LaSalle by a coyote earlier this month.
Courtesy of Lori Quaggiotto / Windsor Star
A LaSalle town councillor wants better information on how to deal with coyotes after a small dog in the community was snatched from its backyard last week.“We’re under the understanding, at our level, that there’s very little that we can do about the coyotes,” Coun. Jeff Renaud said Thursday. “I’m hoping that we can get an update on best practices.”Renaud had asked administration this week to create a report on ways for municipalities to deal with coyotes. He also asked that a representative from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry be invited to visit LaSalle to educate residents and answer questions.The issue came to the forefront June 4, after LaSalle resident Lori Quaggiotto reported that a coyote had jumped her fence and taken the family’s Yorkie Poo, Maggie Sue, from their backyard.She posted the story and photo of the dog to the Town of LaSalle’s Facebook page, calling for action from the municipality. The post received more than 850 comments, many from residents who shared their own run-ins with coyotes.At the time, it appeared as though town administrators had responded to Quaggiotto’s post with a short animated dog video which was quickly deleted. The town later posted that it appeared that its Facebook page may have been hacked and they were looking into the issue.Renaud later posted that town social media officials “would never trivialize such a traumatic event” and said the town has since tightened its password and security measures.Renaud’s post also noted that in 2015 a Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry representative came to LaSalle to help mitigate fears through a public information meeting on coyotes in urban areas. It dealt with coyote behaviours, explaining the differences between a normal and problematic coyote. The information is available on the town’s website.Renaud said Quaggiotto had reached out to him in January to ask what could be done about the coyotes in the neighbourhood.“At that point, I gave her the information that I had, which was all the stuff that was posted on our website that we were taught four years ago,” he said. “Obviously, for this to happen six months later is very heartbreaking to me.“Now I’m wondering if there’s better information out there.”He said there has been a large response from people on social media since the incident.“There’s a lot of opinions,” he said. “A lot of feelings out there and a lot of people want to do the right thing but I think there’s a lot of misinformation.”Related
Renaud said he hopes ministry will come back to provide updated methods of dealing with coyotes and outline what the town’s parameters are when it comes to controlling the wild animals.“It’s a very emotional issue,” he email@example.com