To:                          Our Oneida Community

From:                     Chief Todd Cornelius, Oneida Nation of the Thames

Subject:                 Addressing Coyote and Stray Dog Threats


I am reaching out to you on behalf of Elected Council and in collaboration with the Public Safety Team and Oneida Police Services regarding coyotes and stray dogs.

As you are aware, an incident occurred within our community, leaving one of our own seriously injured after a vicious attack.  We understand the alarm that this has brought to all of us, and we are deeply concerned for the victim and the trauma it has caused the family and the entire community. The incident involved coyotes or stray dogs and requires immediate action.

Elected Chief and Council are in support of the Clan Mothers’ actions as they conduct their protocols in this situation.  Oneida Police Services continue to provide Public Safety measures while these activities are carried out over the coming months.


Leashing and Collar Recommendation for Pet Dogs: For the safety of the community, we ask that all pet dogs wear collars. Additionally, we strongly advise dog owners to keep their pets leashed while on their property. This precaution helps prevent dogs from being mistaken as strays.  Remember, as owners, you are accountable for your dog’s behaviour, including harm caused to individuals or other animals.

Do not approach coyotes, keep your distance, and report any sightings to Ron at: Office (519) 652-6922 or Cell (226) 374-6392.  Since Saturday, April 13, Ron Elijah and his team have spotted coyotes at the block of Walker, Ball Park, Townline and River Road.

URGENT Community Request for feedback

We continue to explore strategies for safety from animals in our community and would like to hear from you.  Please drop in to the Political Office on Thursday, April 18 from 2:00p.m. – 6:00 p.m. to meet with us to voice your thoughts on potential solutions.

At this drop-in, we’d like your feedback on these considerations:

  • Managing Stray Dogs
  • Revisions to the existing Bylaws

Community safety is a collective responsibility. By coming together, we can create a safer and more caring environment for all. Let’s stand united in protecting our community.

Please consider joining us on Thursday, April 18 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Chief Todd Cornelius