Coyote sightings near Telford Lake

Monday, January 7, 2019

Public Services has received several reports of coyote sightings over the past few weeks. Reports have included sightings of pairs, pups and single coyotes near Telford Lake. Tracks also indicate that coyotes have been present in the K-9 Off-leash Dog Park.

In response, the city is working with a wildlife control contractor. Steps to control the coyotes include hazing along multiway and heavy use areas during the mornings and evenings. Hazing is a process that re-establishes the coyotes’ fear of human territory with service dogs and non-fatal marker guns. This process does not injure, but frightens coyotes to encourage behavioural changes and relocation to areas clear of residents and domesticated animals. Public services will also be humanely trapping and relocating coyotes.

Public Services anticipates it may take up to two weeks before all coyotes are successfully relocated. Residents and frequent park users are advised to exercise caution in the area and report any coyote sightings to Public Services at 780-980-7133.

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Leduc is a mid-sized city of more than 32,000 citizens next door to the Edmonton International Airport along Highway 2 and 15 minutes south of Edmonton. Leduc’s average five-year growth rate is 4.8 per cent, and from 2006 to 2016 this city grew by more than 13,500 residents (80 per cent). Visit Leduc.ca for more information.

MEDIA CONTACT
Lauren Wozny, Communications Officer
780-980-7133
lwozny@leduc.ca