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Coyote sighting in Moncton’s NorthWest Trail


October 10, 2013

MONCTON – The City of Moncton has been advised of a coyote sighting in the NorthWest trail and, in the interest of public safety, will be proceeding with trapping activities over the coming days. Though signage will be placed in appropriate locations, residents are reminded to remain on the trail and to ensure pets stay on a leash.

As our city pushes the urban/rural boundary and residents enjoy the various parks and trails, encounters with wildlife are becoming more and more frequent. Most situations are low-risk for humans; however, precautions can be taken to protect our families and pets.

PARK AND TRAIL ETIQUETTE
• Be aware of your surroundings and anything out of the ordinary.
• Conversation at normal volume will alert animals to your presence and will generally help avoid surprises.
• Do not litter, as this will attract animals seeking food sources (including if your property borders on a trail or park).
• Stay on maintained trails.
• Carry a walking stick or whistle.

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTER TIPS
• Stop. Stand still. Do not run!
• Raise your voice – be commanding. Shout if necessary.
• For larger animals, raising your arms to increase your “size” can be helpful.
• Never turn your back. Keep talking/shouting, and slowly back away.

Encounters with wild animals exhibiting aggressive behaviour should be reported to the City of Moncton’s Parks and Leisure Services department at 853-3516 (if on municipal parks or trails), or the New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources at 856-2344.

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Media Contact:

Nicole Melanson
Communications, City of Moncton
506-383-6214 / Nicole.melanson@moncton.ca