A coyote may be lurking in your backyard, waiting for a chance to steal your babies. At least, that’s how most media outlets portray our wild dog neighbours. Fortunately for us – and the coyotes – there’s Dr. Shelley Alexander.
A professor at the University of Calgary and one of the speakers at our Celebration of Wildlife event on April 12, Dr. Alexander spoke with the Calgary Herald this week about the realities of coyotes in the spring.
“We have to be responsible on our end and take the right precautions. It’s only natural for an animal to defend its territory,” she told The Herald. “Coyotes are part of our ecosystem and they will do what they need to survive.”
Dr. Alexander went on to explain that nearly all human-wildlife conflicts stem from feeding – be it intentional or unintentional.
“If you see coyotes in your neighbourhood, it means someone is feeding them, and that behaviour needs to change,” she said. “If they know there is a food source they will keep coming back, and they will continue to become more and more bold.”
Protecting coyotes and other wildlife means understanding them – that is the basis for co-existence. Experts like Dr. Alexander have shown this through science and experience. Our Living With Wildlife program is based on this science and experience – and we know it works.
Find out how it can work for you – and our wild neighbours.