Montreal is a booming city, especially for coyotes.\nThe population of wild coyotes has increased quite a bit recently, leading to more sighting and altercations with Montrealers, and it’s become an official “city problem.”\nREAD MORE: Spotted: Metro Poster Asking Guys To Stop "Manspreading"\nAs of now, six Montrealers have claimed to be attached by a wild coyote over this year, reports CTV. Dogs have also been attacked.\nCoyotes, otherwise known as “American jackals,” have always lived in the Montreal area. But now the canis-creatures are growing more aggressive.\nTypically nocturnal, coyotes have been popping up in the middle of the day and in traffic-heavy streets like Papineau and Notre-Dame.\nTwo “coyote trappers” have been hired by the City of Montreal. And if the city is throwing down money to corral up coyotes, then you know it’s a legitimate problem.\nAs of now, sixteen coyotes have been captured.\nBut why now? Why are coyotes, an animal that has been part of the Montreal wildlife scene for years, suddenly becoming a problem?\nThe answer is two-fold, according to CTV. Coyotes don’t have any natural predators in the Montreal-area and people aren’t hunting or trapping them as much anymore.\nWith no predators or persons trimming down the coyote population, the animal’s local population has swelled.\nIf you want to avoid a coyote encounter (especially in Ahuntsic-Cartierville, where sightings have been more frequent) then you shouldn’t be leaving any form of food outdoors, recommends a wildlife protection officer.\nFrom loose food waste to your pet’s kibble, keep the food indoors, lest you attract a coyote.\nBut if you do find yourself caught unawares, staring down a wild coyote, here's a guide on what you should do. Basically, don't run, try to seem as large-and-imposing as possible, and make lots of noise.