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Wildlife officials set trap after coyote reported in Curling area of Corner Brook

A coyote walks along the outside of the race course at Lake Louise, Alta. in this December 2013 file photo.
A coyote walks along the outside of the race course at Lake Louise, Alta. in this December 2013 file photo.

While a coyote sighting has not been confirmed, wildlife officers have set up a trap in the Curling area of Corner Brook just in case.

After inquiries by The Western Star about recent reports of sightings, particularly in the eastern end of Curling, the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources confirmed a trap had been set up Wednesday.

The department said the measure was in response to reports of coyote sightings, though it’s not known if one has been frequenting the area for certain.

Are coyotes dangerous?

Like most animals, coyotes usually have a natural fear of people, but they also possess natural intelligence and can quickly get used to life in residential areas as long as they have access to food that’s free for the taking.

Although attacks on humans are extremely rare, they can occur if a coyote becomes too comfortable around people and starts associating humans with food.

If coyotes are near your home, cabin or campsite:

• Never leave edible garbage or pet food outside.

• Limit use of birdseed and pick up fallen fruit.

• Keep pets indoors, or under supervision when outside. Have pets spayed or neutered.

• Never attempt to tame a coyote by feeding it.

• Contact a conservation officer or other authority if you are having a problem with a coyote.

If a coyote approaches you:

• Stop, remain calm and assess your situation.

• Never approach or crowd the coyote — give it an escape route.

• If the coyote seems unaware of you, move away quietly when it is not looking in your direction.

• If the coyote is aware of you, respond aggressively: wave your arms, shout, and maintain eye contact. Carry a whistle and blow it to startle the animal.

• Throw rocks or sticks at the coyote.

• Carry a walking stick with you for protection.

• If the coyote continues to approach, back away slowly and move toward buildings or human activity. Do not turn away or run.

• If the coyote attacks you, fight back.

Be alert in the woods:

Watch for signs of coyote such as tracks or scat.

• Make your presence known; make noise as you walk, talk, sing, blow a whistle or call out.

• Keep dogs leashed. Dogs running loose can lead a coyote back to you or provoke an attack.

Source: Department of Fisheries and Land Resources

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