this week offered guidelines this week on what to do if approached
by a coyote. The information comes following reports that
a coyote may have bitten a nine-year-old near the volleydome south
of campus last weekend.
and Wildlife officials have advised the university that this
behaviour is inconsistent with that of an urban coyote.
However, if the animal in question is a coyote it may be a
juvenile that has been
ejected from the den. If this is the case, the juvenile coyote
may not fear humans. They advise that if approached or followed
by a coyote,
make lots of noise, yell, and make yourself appear as big as
possible by raising your arms or jumping up and down. Chase it
you walk your dog, walk two dogs or walk with someone else.
Do not approach
Wildlife Division has published a brochure on living with coyotes.
The full brochure
is available atwww.ucalgary.ca/news/april05/coyotes.html
are reprinted here:
The wiley Coyote
Coyote sightings are becoming more and more common in and around
Calgary. While coyotes do not naturally demonstrate aggressive behaviour
towards humans, there are always potential risks when interacting with
wildlife. Some people believe that eliminating coyotes is the solution.
However, trapping has proven ineffective as coyotes are clever enough
to avoid traps and poisoning them poses risks to other animals and
children. Removing a coyote generally just creates room for other coyotes
and the population may actually increase.
Coyotes in Calgary
Coyote numbers in Calgary are highest in those communities along
the river and large natural areas such as Edworthy Park, North and
South Glenmore Park, Nose Hill, River Park and Fish Creek Park. Coyotes
also frequent backyards, school grounds and playgrounds.
Feed the Wildlife
long as coyotes can find food and shelter, they will adapt to
The coyote’s natural diet consists of rabbits, small rodents,
fruits and berries. If the opportunity exists they will consider your
cat as a source of food. Coyotes will become bolder toward humans
if they are obtaining unnatural food sources from humans or being fed
your yard free of birdseed and fruit fallen from trees.
of garbage and compost debris in containers with secure
- Pick up
dog feces (coyotes will eat this too!). Dog urine may also act
as an attractant.
- Do not
leave meat or suet outside for birdfeed.
- Keep your
- Walk your
dog on a leash.
small children if coyotes inhabit the area.
children of what behaviour is effective if a coyote approaches.
children to never approach coyotes or any other wildlife.