Dec. 18, 2018:

The City of Airdrie Parks department is aware of a second coyote attack on a human that occurred in Nose Creek Park on Dec. 17 (the first took place in Nose Creek Park on Dec. 14). The Parks department is very concerned with the brazenness of the coyote(s) in this area. They are taking immediate action to maintain safety. Currently, Parks is working with Fish and Wildlife to determine next steps to control the coyote. In the meantime, Parks staff and our wildlife control contractor will be patrolling Nose Creek Park until the Festival of Lights closes, starting tonight and continuing until further notice. Our contractor, who is working on hazing coyotes, was able to hit the coyote with a paint gun after the attack, which should make it easier to identify.

The City has been working with a contractor to make coyotes feel unwelcome in areas of close proximity to humans. Parks has received a higher volume of coyote related inquiries over the past month with some reports of aggressive coyotes. These reports have been helpful in informing the contractor where to concentrate coyote deterrent efforts. The contractor started with a process called hazing and has used scent deterrents in Bayside, Midtown and Nose Creek Park (the scent used to deter coyotes is bear urine as they naturally stay away from bears). They have also set live traps. Considering the recent escalation of brazen behaviour by the coyote, Fish and Wildlife will be helping to determine next steps to ensure resident safety. 

It is important to note that coyotes will continue to be common in the City. They are a natural predator that benefit our ecosystem by controlling rodents, rabbits and other pests but they become a problem when they lose their fear of humans. Please continue to call Parks at 403.948.8400 to report coyote sightings. Mapping of these sightings is helpful in determining the best areas to use control methods. 

Who Should You Call Regarding Coyotes?

  • If the coyote(s) is ACTIVELY attacking a person or pet, call 9-1-1
  • For non-emergency situations and to report coyote sightings please contact PARKS Department

About Coyotes

  • Coyotes look like a cross between a fox and a small Collie or German Shepherd and weigh between 9 and 14 kilograms

Coyote Encounters

If you encounter a coyote, make the experience unpleasant for the animal by making it feel unwelcome in your neighbourhood.  Even if you are not concerned about problems with coyotes, they should not learn that neighbourhoods are safe places to feed and rest.

If you encounter an aggressive coyote:

  • Respond to their presence aggressively by making yourself appear large; wave your arms overhead or throw objects, such as sticks or rocks toward the coyote
  • Shout in a deep voice and maintain eye contact
  • If the coyote approaches, back away slowly and move toward buildings or human activity
  • Do not turn away or run as this may encourage the coyote to chase you
  • Dog repellents and bear spray products can be effective in deterring coyotes

Avoid attracting coyotes to your neighbourhood:

  • Do not feed coyotes
  • Bring in pet food dishes or feed pets inside
  • Dispose of garbage and compost materials in containers that have secure lids, or keep them in the garage or a shed
  • Only take your garbage out on collection day
  • Keep a clean backyard. Remove seeds, fallen fruits, dog feces and other attractants.

If you spot a coyote in a residential area:

  • If the coyote(s) is ACTIVELY attacking a person or pet, call 9-1-1
  • For non-emergency situations and to report coyote encounters please contact the Parks Department at or 403.948.8400

Protect your pets:

  • Don’t allow your cat to roam
  • Supervise your pets when they are outside especially when it’s dark
  • Pick up dog feces and be aware that dog urine may also attract coyotes
  • If your dog is in heat, keep it inside or away from areas where they may encounter coyotes
  • Always walk your dog on leash
  • If you spot a coyote, pick up your small dog. Ensure your large dog is leashed and under your control. Back away slowly and leave the area immediately


Animal control

The Animal Protection Act requires pet owners to provide adequate food, shelter and water for their pets at all times. Airdrie Municipal Enforcement (AME) investigates complaints of animal neglect or suffering. During these investigations, officers may require entry to your property. Pets will not be taken unless medical attention is required.



The City of Airdrie's Animal Control Bylaw outlines the responsibilities of dog ownership. Please refer to the actual bylaw for more detailed information.

Dog owners must ensure their dogs:

  • have and wear a dog licence from when they are three months old
  • only 3 dogs per household
  • do not run at large
  • are on a leash at all times, unless the dogs are in a fenced private yard
  • are under control in designated off-leash dog parks

Dogs must not:

  • bite anyone
  • injure anyone
  • chase, threaten or attack a person or animals
  • bark, howl or disturb anyone
  • cause damage to property or other animals
  • scatter garbage
  • wander into any swimming, bathing or splash pool/park that is provided for public use

Dog owners are responsible for:

  • picking up all feces produced by their dogs both on and off their property
  • not owning more than three dogs per household


The City of Airdrie's Animal Control Bylaw outlines the responsibilities of cat ownership.  Please refer to the actual bylaw for more detailed information.

Cat owners must ensure their cats:

  • have and wear a cat licence when outside the home starting from when they are three months old
  • only three cats per household
  • do not run at large

Trapping of Cats:

  • any person who has a complaint about a cat running at large, may obtain a cat trap from Airdrie Municipal Enforcement for a period of 72 hours
  • complainant will be required to pay a $100.00 deposit to borrow the cat trap
  • no cat traps will be provided by Municipal Enforcement if it is colder than 0°C or hotter than 25°C within 72 hour period
  • cat trapping is only permitted between May 1 and October 31.
  • the Procedure and Guidelines for Trapping of Stray Cats can be found in Schedule "E"


Avoid skunks on your property by:

  • Keeping food and garbage off your decks
  • Securing garbage in animal proof containers
  • Securely covering your composter
  • Avoid adding meat, fat or dairy products to your composter
  • Keeping pet food tightly contained (preferably indoors)

If a skunk has taken up residence in your yard, contact a Pest Control Service.



Contact Parks to report a rat sighting.


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