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Calgary puts together a plan to deal with recent coyote attacks

An aggressive coyote in the city’s northwest will be destroyed, the city said Monday.

An increase of interactions and sightings of coyotes in the city has set Calgarians on edge. Most recently, there were a series of bites in the Tuscany community. Last week, there were bites in the Nolan Hill area.

The matter was brought up by Coun. Ward Sutherland in question period at Monday’s strategic meeting of council. He said residents in his ward are concerned.

“Obviously, the community is worried about just going for a normal walk and what they should do and what’s the status on finding these coyotes that bit these residents,” he said.

At the meeting, Community Services GM Katie Black said they’d identified the coyote and had a plan to remedy the situation.

“We hope to be able to execute on that plan this evening, but meanwhile we do ask that all Calgarians stay very vigilant. If they do see coyote activity, please call 311 right away,” Black said.

Coyote path determined

The City said they’re working with Alberta Fish and Wildlife to prioritize public safety.

It’s unclear just how many coyotes are in Calgary. Lincoln Julie, the Calgary Parks Integrated Pest Management Lead, said the animals can be found throughout the city.

Julie said contractors with Fish and Wildlife have determined the coyote’s travel path and will choose the appropriate time to destroy the animals. 

Don’t feed the wildlife, Julie said, adding that it never ends well for the animal. It’s also suggested to keep compost and garbage bins tidy to avoid attracting animals to the area.

“The coyotes can fend for themselves, they can find water for themselves in this heatwave. There’s not going to be any problem for them to find their own food and water,” said Julie.

Both the coyotes responsible for the bites will be sent to the Province for rabies testing after they’re caught and destroyed.

All of the victims were treated for rabies at the hospital, the city said.

It’s unknown if any of the coyotes will test positive for the disease.