M.E. and YOU: Weekly Municipal Enforcement Messages

Posted On Monday August 19, 2019

The Coyotes is one of Alberta’s native wildlife species that plays a beneficial role in the eco-system. They’re Regularly seen in the North Saskatchewan River valley and around Fort Saskatchewan. We often receive questions from about coyotes and how to deal with them. 

Coyotoes are the size of a medium size dog and naturally timid. . Coyotes pose little threat to humans and will flee when confronted aggresively; however, they've been known to attack cats and dogs.  

Here are some things you can do to deter coyotoes: 

  • Store garbage, recycling and organics properly and do not leave food out for wildlife.
  • Keep your yard clean of animal waste as coyotes are attracted to the scent of animal feces.
  • Keep your pets on a short leash or indoors and discourage dogs from chasing wildlife.
  • Do not approach or attempt to feed coyotes.

The following actions can be used to teach coyotes to be wary of people: 

  • Be loud, be big and be threatening. When you see a coyote stand up and raise your arms.  Make noise by yelling for the coyote to go away, clapping your hands or stomping your feet. 
  • Throw small objects in the direction of the coyotes making sure not to hit or injure the animal. 
  • Use of bright lights, whistles and opening and closing an umbrella may also deter a coyote.  

Remember, once coyotes lose their fear of people they’re more likely to become a problem. Please report any concerns about wildlife to Alberta Fish and Wildlfe 310-0000.

Fort Saskatchewan is a Vision Zero community and asks, “What are you doing to make our roads safer?” For more information on Vision Zero please visit fortsask.ca/visionzero