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Calgary researchers are looking for volunteers to help uncover more details about urban coyote burrows.
The city is home to hundreds of coyotes for years, researchers with Calgary’s Urban Coyote project have been studying these animals. Their research has already revealed the wide operating range of two collared male coyotes.
Although coyotes have a relatively small territory that they protect, these coyotes traveled long distances in the city, crossing busy highways, pedestrian bridges, and industrial parks.
Understanding more about these animals will help Calgarians live in peace with them, said project leader Alessandro Massolo.
“For me, the solution for coexistence is knowledge and information,” said the assistant professor of wildlife health ecology at the University of Calgary. “If you know others, you can live with others. Problems arise when you don’t know others.”
Coyote Citizen Project
The new project, to be released next month, is called Ciudadano Coyote.
The researchers are looking for three types of help from the public: people who simply report the location of the hideouts, people who are willing to monitor the hideouts, and a handful of “ambassadors” who want to work more closely on the analysis of the hideouts. data and research.
The coyote burrows between March and August. The researchers hope to learn more about the reproductive behavior of animals.
The two collared males had litters and spent a lot of time with their pups. En una guarida, una hembra y un macho criaban dos camadas de diferentes edades.
Massolo says he’s not sure how this happened, but he hopes Coyote Citizen can uncover more information.
“They are so adaptable that they can actually adopt other pups,” he said. “We don’t know if they were from a sister or just another coyote, but these animals are pretty amazing.”