CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The Calgary Conservation Agency is closely monitoring a family of coyotes currently near a trail in Evanston after receiving reports of aggressive behavior.
While they may look cute, many of the coyotes in Calgary are aggressive at this time of year trying to keep their pups safe.
Due to the fact that people were incarcerated for a few months because of COVID-19, coyotes took the opportunity to create caves in areas that are normally populated.
For this reason, Dr. Shelley Alexander, professor of geography at the University of Calgary, said that people need to be careful when they are near a cave.
“Coyotes usually give some warning signs that they are coming out and trying to get people out of the area before there is any sort of event,” she said.
It is currently in season for coyotes, and since people have been absent due to COVID-19, the animals have chosen normally populated areas.
“We have been absent in many areas, so coyotes have been absent in areas where people are absent due to COVID restrictions,” Alexander said.
“This is exactly when the pups come out of the den. Then we start using these areas intensively,” she added.
Urban Conservation Lead at Calgary Parks Chris Manderson says they are currently watching a family in Evanston and using a practice called hazing to force them to move.
“Use noise and a little aggression to rekindle the fear coyotes naturally have of humans,” Manderson said.
“Usually we will take your pups to different burrows two, three, four times a season,” he added.
People need to be aware that they need to keep their distance from the caves and keep their dogs on a tight leash to prevent aggressive action.