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Coyote Monitoring Taking Place Thoughout South Ridge

Post Date:02/10/2020 2:39 PM

Medicine Hat – Please be advised that the Parks and Recreation Department has hired a contractor to perform coyote monitoring in the South Ridge coulee areas.

As part of the monitoring, the contractor will use a vehicle to access certain areas of the trail system.

Residents are also advised that it is mating season for coyotes, and in some cases the animals may act more aggressively to protect their territory and den location.

If you encounter a coyote, you should:

  • Make yourself appear larger (wave your arms or a walking stick at the animal)
  • Try to stand your ground (throw rocks, sticks, and other objects)
  • Try to startle the animal with a loud noise such as a whistle, clapping hands, etc.
  • Shout in a deep voice and maintain eye contact
  • If the coyote continues to approach, back away slowly and move toward buildings or where people are
  • Do not turn away or run as it will encourage the animal to chase
  • Female coyotes will defend their den sites and young, so use extra caution in this situation
  • Don’t allow pets to run uncontrolled as they are seen as prey or competition and may be attacked
  • Please have children supervised at all times in areas with known coyote activity
  • Teach your children the above tips for what to do in a possible coyote encounter

Please report any coyote encounters to the Parks and Recreation Department at 403.529.8333 or email parks@medicinehat.ca

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For more information, please contact:

Dave Genio
Superintendent of Parks
City of Medicine Hat
403-529-8333

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