Ag­gres­sive coy­ote re­ported in park

Week­end, October 27-29, 2017 Res­i­dents told city try­ing to live-trap the an­i­mal Cal­gary

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Coy­otes are caus­ing con­cern in the city again.

Ac­cord­ing to the City of Cal­gary, they’re work­ing in con­junc­tion with wildlife ex­perts at Ea­gle Creek Wildlife Con­trol to trap one or more coy­otes caus­ing prob­lems in the Christie Park and Strath­cona Ravine area.

Ac­cord­ing to spokes­woman Erin Martinez, a call came into 311, but de­tails of that call aren’t clear. The city in­ves­ti­gates all wildlife calls, so af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion with one of their wildlife part­ners, it was es­tab­lished that there was ag­gres­sive coy­ote ac­tiv­ity in the area.

“We’re con­sid­er­ing them ag­gres­sive coy­otes, what that means is still to be de­ter­mined,” said Martinez. “There’s sig­nage up in the area to make peo­ple aware.”

The park cur­rently isn’t closed, but the city is try­ing to let area res­i­dents and nearby schools know that they’re try­ing to live-trap the an­i­mal. A let­ter was sent home to stu­dents.

“In this sit­u­a­tion, we prob­a­bly would de­stroy it, we’d cull the coy­ote — but that’s not some­thing we know right now,” said Martinez. “Pub­lic safety is the num­ber one con­cern.”

Martinez said there’s no risk to the pub­lic at this time and there’s no dan­ger, the city just wants peo­ple to be cau­tious if they en­counter coy­otes in this park and any park in the city.

She said the best thing for res­i­dents to do in a coy­ote en­counter is to not turn or run away from the an­i­mal, try to scare the an­i­mal with loud noises and back away slowly while main­tain­ing eye con­tact.

It’s also best to call 311 af­ter an en­counter to help the city keep on top of wildlife.

Ron Han­son with Ea­gle Creek Wildlife Con­trol said it’s a good time of year to trap and re­lo­cate coy­otes. If the an­i­mals are taken more than 150 kilo­me­tres away they can often just es­tab­lish life at their new lo­cale.

This comes af­ter a sum­mer of coy­ote-re­lated con­cerns with re­ports of hu­man coy­ote and coy­ote dog in­ter­ac­tions. The city has been work­ing to­ward co-ex­ist­ing with th­ese an­i­mals so that lethal force isn’t nec­es­sary against coy­otes.

den­ning Sea­Son

Over the sum­mer, the City of Cal­gary was forced to shut down one of its parks af­ter hu­man and coy­ote in­ter­ac­tions be­came a con­cern dur­ing den­ning sea­son.

In de­fence of their pups, coy­otes were show­ing ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour in the city’s north community Panorama Hills over­look­ing the Coun­try Hills Golf Course.

The park was closed for more than a month while the pups grew more in­de­pen­dent and their par­ents less ag­gres­sive to­ward hu­man con­tact.

The city called in Coy­ote Watch Canada, an or­ga­ni­za­tion backed by sci­en­tists us­ing ev­i­dence­based meth­ods to deal with coy­otes, fo­cus­ing on the an­i­mals’ be­hav­iour.

Jen­nifer friesen/for Metro

Warn­ing signs have been placed on the path­ways along the Christie Park and Strath­cona Ravine area af­ter a coy­ote was spot­ted in the area on Thurs­day.

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