Mike McGrath, a senior biologist with the provincial wildlife division, says that coyote sightings will probably become more common in urban and suburban Newfoundland communities. The coyote population has been growing and spreading east across the island since they were first sighted in our province in the 1980’s, and with that, sightings have become a regular occurrence. McGrath says coyotes are known to kill pets, but people in Newfoundland are not likely to be harmed by them. Coyote numbers in Labrador remain low because of the presence of wolves on the mainland, but there are no plans in place thus far to introduce a wolf pack into the west end of St. John’s.