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City shuts down Preservation Park trails due to coyote encounters

City has a web portal where coyote encounters can be reported
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The city has closed the Preservation Park trail due to coyote activity. Kenneth Armstrong/GuelphToday

The Preservation Park trails in Guelph's south end have been closed due to coyote encounters.

The city tweeted the information around 8 p.m. Friday. Signs are posted at the heads of the trail, the majority of which stretches between Kortright Road and Edinburgh Road.

"Preservation Park trails are temporarily closed due to increased coyote encounters. Coyotes are likely raising their young in the area and are more protective. We'll let you know when the trails reopen. Visit  to report a coyote sighting." said the city tweet.

On Thursday a Guelph woman reported being stalked by a large, healthy coyote on the trail behind Terraview Drive and then the coyote charged at her and her full-sized dog.

A Guelph Humane Society spokesperson said it was likely the coyote had a den nearby and was protecting its young.

Coyote sightings are not uncommon in Guelph, but the frequency and and brazenness of the encounters have the city and dog walkers concerned.


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