EDMONTON – Coyote sightings tend to spike in Edmonton around this time of year, as now is the time when coyote pups start separating from their packs to venture out on their own.
“Sometimes this means they get into mischief as they learn to live on their own and establish territory,” explained Ramsey Cox, a park ranger with the City of Edmonton.
Cox says coyotes usually avoid humans unless they become accustomed to being fed by people or they protect their food or den.
Cox suggests the following six tips to prevent conflicts with coyotes:
As the city expands into coyote habitat, more of the animals are beginning to adapt to food sources in residential areas.
By some estimates, there are upwards of 400 coyotes in the city, with most dwelling in the Edmonton River Valley. They tend to come out at night or early morning and can travel up to 20 kilometres a day searching for food.
For more information on coyotes, visit the City of Edmonton’s website.
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