Numerous reports of coyotes roaming around the area should be a reminder to pet owners.
 
Predators like coyotes are looking for stray animals for an easy meal.
 
"Some species are more active during dawn and dusk, It really depends on that individual animal and when they have learned that food is available," said Brendan Cox, spokesperson for Alberta Fish and Wildlife.
 
With large open areas across Fort Saskatchewan, Strathcona and Sturgeon County, coyotes seem
to feel a bit more comfortable.
 
"If you are going to be letting your animal out, do it at a time when you're able to keep an eye on it," added Cox. "If you're seeing coyotes in your area it's because there's food or shelter there for them, if you can remove those things it's more likely they'll will move on."
 
Keep garbages covered and pet food out of reach.
 
If you do encounter a coyote, Cox encourages people to make as much noise as possible and maintain eye contact, they usually avoid human conflict.
 

 

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