May 19, 2017 11:54 am
Updated: May 19, 2017 7:29 pm

Coyotes in Calgary ‘possibly aggressive’ during denning season, warn city officials

WATCH ABOVE: The City of Calgary has partially closed two public walkways due to the risk of a coyote encounter. Jill Croteau reports.


City officials are warning Calgarians to be on alert after an increase in coyote sightings.

In a news release, the City of Calgary warned it’s currently denning season, which can make coyotes “more protective and possibly aggressive if you are in the area of their dens.”

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City of Calgary parks ecologist Tanya Hope warned people to keep an eye out when walking their dogs in parks and river pathways.

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“If the den is close to the pathway, a coyote can be very aggressive, trying to get anything away from it — including humans.”

She warned the animals may approach humans or even nip at them in an attempt to scare them away.

Panorama Hills resident Tarvinder Bajwa encountered a coyote while biking in the community last weekend.

“The coyote was sitting right next to the pathway down on the ridge, and we just passed by and it was okay – but it was too close for comfort,” he said.

For more information, you can view the City of Calgary’s coyote’s FAQ on their website.

Who should you call regarding coyotes?

  • In an emergency situation where there is immediate danger, call 911.
  • For non-emergency situations and to report coyote sightings, please call 311 (from within Calgary) or 403-268-CITY (2489) (from outside Calgary).
  • Calgarians can also report coyote sightings or injured coyotes to the Calgary district office of Alberta Fish and Wildlife at (403) 297-6423 or 1-800-642-3800 after hours.

With files from Jill Croteau

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