There’s a good lot of them, their behaviour is often bad, and the consequences of their presence can be ugly. Coyotes in urban areas can cause problems for adults, children, and pets who interact with them, and these coyotes have become more of a problem in Greenfield in the past few months.
As Greenfield residents know, this has been an issue for a long time. It’s always been the reality of proximity to a ravine and a large wooded area in the form of Werner Park. Though coyote populations appear to be up this year, our concern should be tempered by the knowledge that this is an issue that will likely persist based on the neighbourhood’s location. We’ve successfully lived alongside coyotes for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and we will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
But since the coyotes have been getting more aggressive and numerous, the City will be looking to work with the community on mediation measures. We need to be thoughtful about how we do this - past experience has shown that simply removing the coyotes generally leads to more coyotes from other areas moving in.
I will be attending next week’s Greenfield AGM, along with representatives from the City Park Rangers team, to discuss possible solutions with community members. These could include thinning tree clusters, installing deterrents, and securing garbage containers, but we are always open to other suggestions.
I would encourage you to come to the AGM at Greenfield Community League at 7 pm on April 21st to participate in the discussions. I look forward to working with the community to figure out the best way to manage our urban coyotes.
For a little more information on urban coyotes, check out the findings of new research at the U of A via Metro Edmonton.