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Citizens concerned over numerous Coyote sightings

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City of Edmonton

Citizens concerned over numerous Coyote sightings
Coyotes have long existed within the boundaries of the City of Edmonton. They are mainly seen in the river valley, but are being spotted more often in residential neighbourhoods, prompting an increase in calls to the City from concerned citizens.

Edmonton - January 11, 2013 - Coyotes have long existed within the boundaries of the City of Edmonton. They are mainly seen in the river valley, but are being spotted more often in residential neighbourhoods, prompting an increase in calls to the City from concerned citizens.

As the City grows and expands into their habitat, more coyotes are adapting to food sources in residential areas, eating readily available food such as garbage, fruit and accessible pet food. Because it is virtually impossible and undesirable to eradicate these animals, the City works with Alberta Fish and Wildlife on strategies to co-exist with them.

“Coyotes are extremely adaptable animals that play an important role in maintaining healthy urban ecosystems,” said Ramsey Cox, Park Ranger for the City of Edmonton. “Our focus is to balance citizen safety with a compassionate perspective of wildlife in urban areas.”

Experts agree that coyotes will steer clear of humans unless they learn that people provide food sources, or when coyotes are protecting their food or den.

To help prevent conflicts with coyotes

- Do not feed coyotes
- Do not leave garbage out (take it out only on the morning of collection)
- Do not leave fallen fruit from trees or bird seed spilled from feeders on the ground
- Do not leave pet food outside
- Do not walk your dog off leash in areas frequented by coyotes
- Do not leave a small dog out in the yard unattended for long periods of time
- Do not leave cats out roaming

For more information on coyotes and tips to follow when you encounter a coyote, call the Edmonton Coyote Information Hotline at 780-644-5744 or visit:

- www.edmonton.ca/coyotes
- www.srd.alberta.ca/FishWildlife/HumanWildlifeConflict/Coyotes.aspx
- www.edmontonurbancoyotes.ca

To report a problem coyote(s), call:

- City of Edmonton Park Rangers at 780-496-2950, or
- Alberta Fish and Wildlife at 780-427-3574

If someone is in danger, call Emergency 9-1-1.

For more information:
Coyote Information Line: (780)644-5744


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