Officials at the University of Calgary confirmed Friday that leg traps meant for a coyote study in Nose Hill Park, Bowmont Park, and Fish Creek Park have been removed after a dog was caught.
Jade Robertson, owner of Where’s Your Sit dog training, posted an email on her blog that she’d received from one of her client’s dog walkers alerting fellow dog owners of an incident on Thursday night in Nose Hill Park.
The email indicated the dog walker had been reading a sign posted by the University of Calgary, while her dogs had run off into the trees.
“Before I could finish reading one of them is yelping! I run into the trees and realize they are caught in a leg trap!!!” read the email.
Robertson said she wanted to spread the word to make other dog owners aware.
“I know that a lot of people are not aware of what is off-leash and what’s not in Nose Hill,” she said. “It really made me nervous that they’d be using leg traps.”
U of C spokesperson Nathan Long said the leg traps, which are metal bars without spikes, were being used to catch 10 coyotes to outfit them with GPS collars for a study being conducted in conjunction with the City of Calgary.
“It’s part of a study to understand how coyotes move around the urban landscape and interact with animals,” he said.
Long said the equipment was placed in heavily-wooded areas, in on-leash dog areas.
“They’re only operating between dusk and dawn,” said Long, adding this particular trap was covered until 8 p.m. Thursday night.
The U of C issued a statement Friday stating all leg traps have been removed at the request of the City of Calgary until public concerns can be addressed.