Temporarily closing trails is easy and it could mean a great deal to the safety of a young family of coyotes.
Parks Canada closed trails at Skmaqn-Port-la-Joye-Fort Amherst National Historic Site in PEI when staff determined that coyotes were behaving in a way consistent with den protection, according to The Guardian.
Just like humans, coyotes will be protective of their homes, especially if they have young pups. By closing the trails near the den site, Parks Canada is making sure the pups can be raised safely and prevent conflict with people or pets.
It is however important that Parks Canada continue to check the locations and use enforcement tools at their disposal. When the City of Calgary closed trails for denning coyotes last spring, many residents ignored signs. City staff ultimately warned that they would need to resort to killing coyotes if residents wouldn’t heed the closures.
Trail closures can be inconvenient for outdoor enthusiasts – but it is a responsible and respectful way to protect all the families of a community.