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06-19-2017, 06:30 AM
Calgary coyote encounters spark calls for change


Calgary's contentious coyote conundrum continues with one resident who's seen the animals become increasingly aggressive calling on the city to get tougher on rogue canines, a notion backed by at least on member of council.

Brent Lee lives in northwest Calgary and has had many encounters with coyotes over the years. For the most part, Lee, who lives in Edgemont, said the coyotes are fearful of humans and leave him alone when he's out walking.

Last year, however, Lee had an intense encounter with a coyote. He came across a screaming woman with her dog and a coyote attempting to get at it in the "almost identical" place as a man who lost his dog to a coyote in May.

"The coyote was intent on going after the dog. I yelled, I screamed, I made very threatening gestures and it showed no fear of man. I'm not sure if it's the same coyote but their behaviour and the location tells me we may have a problem coyote that has no fear of people," he said.

Lee said he's dealt multiple times with both the city and the province's Fish and Wildlife department, but keeps getting the runaround.

He wants the city to do more, such as putting a program in place like the one in Edmonton, which runs a coyote information hotline and includes, among its list of potential remedies, the removal of the animal if needed.

"What I question is, why can't if Edmonton has a program where they identify, investigate and come up with the best course of action and resolve this human conflict, why can't Calgary? It seems to me the City of Calgary isn't doing anything and making up excuses," said Lee.

So far, the city's only response to dealing with the aggressive coyotes is to close areas of the parks in which the coyotes are frequently spotted, with parts of a green space in Panorama Hills fenced off and warning signs erected last month.

However, Coun. Diane Colley-Urquhart believes fencing off areas where problem coyotes have been reported is the wrong response to deal with the animals.

"We're creating a huge problem for ourselves. The problem is spreading with coyotes and once they take up a den and raise their babies there, then they start owning the territory," she said. "The most ridiculous thing the city could have ever done was close the park to citizens and let the coyotes take over," said Colley-Urquhart.

She doesn't think the way of educational brochures is the way to go either.

"You can do all the pamphlets you want to spread information to the public but we got to get rid of them," Colley-Urquhart said. "Telling citizens that they can't use the parks is ridiculous. I'm not into using brochures and the education piece at all because the problem is getting worse."

Calgary isn't the only city dealing with aggressive coyotes.

Earlier this month, a pit bull in Airdrie was attacked by a coyote in its owner's backyard.

The coyote had its jaws locked onto Sophie, an 80-lb. American standard pit bull, it's owner told Postmedia. Sophie suffered a gash above her eye and a puncture wound under her chin but survived the encounter.

The coyote was scared off and officers later investigated to see if there were any dens nearby, but were unable to find any.

06-19-2017, 06:30 AM
what a pathetic response to a real problem..

just close the area off, set out some bait, one shot, problem solved,,

06-19-2017, 08:08 PM
I'll loiter in that park during dusk with a 12 gauge for free. I get to keep the pelts.

This is an unusual statement from a big government socialist progressive Marxist like Colley-Urquhart. I figured she'd want to try and make peace with the coyotes via negotiations first.

06-20-2017, 03:06 AM
Bow hunting now allowed!

killer kane
06-21-2017, 08:12 AM
Had a skunk in the back yard last night, just missed one dog, the other one, would have been nailed head on, he's a little killer. I'm torn on actually phoning bylaw, see, there's a dip$h!t down the street that leaves food out, specifically for the bloody things, my wife and our neighbors, who's dogs got it twice from the local skunks have confronted her on it, she just keeps on doing it. Bylaws response was to do nothing about it, I'm looking for varmint tips for the compound I guess. I'm waiting for a coyote attack in the area as well , we see them off and on coming up from the river valley on a semi regular basis.

M1917 Enfield
06-21-2017, 03:15 PM
I blame global warming, and if we all agree on a new Carbon tax for using parks to walk our dogs that should fix the problem!

06-21-2017, 03:59 PM
... Bylaws response was to do nothing about it, I'm looking for varmint tips for the compound I guess.....


They really are very quiet out of a rifle. (air pistol quiet)
They won't cycle a semi so use a lever or a bolt.

killer kane
06-21-2017, 06:49 PM
I gotta check these out, but as it turns out I called today and the guy at 311, got a hold of the Park Rangers, they were happy to help, so we'll see how that goes.

06-22-2017, 01:13 PM
I used those ccis on a skunk the other week.

When I took the trapping course, I was told it was common practice for someone to have the contract to trap on government property overnight.
Put traps out when it's dark, pick em up before everyone wakes up for work.
Getting things done out of public eye.

06-22-2017, 04:43 PM
those are awesome rounds! almost wonder if it went off half the time!

06-22-2017, 05:21 PM
Crossbow with nightvision. It has changed my life.