A Calgary veterinarian said encounters like these are not uncommon.
“We see the results of coyote attacks two to three times a month likely,” said Dr. Danny Joffe, medical director at the VCA Animal hospital off Glenmore and Deerfoot trails in the southeast. “When it gets colder and it’s harder for them to hunt, dogs may become more attractive.”
Joffe recommended using a leash whenever you can, even in off-leash areas in case a predator is spotted in the distance.
Officials with Calgary Parks said they monitor the Edgemont neighbourhood on a weekly basis because of its proximity to Nose Hill Park and calls increase during the months of January and February during mating season.
According Chris Manderson, urban conservation lead with Calgary Parks, keeping the top predator population healthy is part of a healthy eco-system, including in urban areas.
“There’s actually good evidence that if you cull coyotes you get the opposite effect,” said Manderson. “You will have an increase in the population,”
The city will destroy problem coyotes as a last resort on a case-by-case basis.
A Coyote Conflict Response Guide is posted on the city’s website.
As for David, he doesn’t want the coyotes who attacked Woody to be euthanized.