Education is a core part of the park mission. Park rangers ensure that the river valley is a safe and enjoyable recreational space. Equally important is their aim to maintain healthy co-existence between the valley’s plants and wildlife, and the four million people that visit every year. Therefore, the authorities provide an education service that offers assistance to students to help them learn about the Parks and their safety issues.
Park rangers visited our school on May 23, 2019. They said that Coyotes have been becoming a natural part of the urban landscape in Edmonton and were an important part of the ecosystem as they control rodent and rabbit populations. The coyotes thrived in urban areas because of the abundance of food and shelter available to them. Park rangers also emphasized that Residents who lived along or people walked in a major green space should be particularly aware that coyotes could be denning in the area and what they had to do If they witnessed a coyote approaching people or acting aggressively.
Our kids learnt Coyotes look like a cross between a fox and a small collie or German shepherd and weigh between 9 and 14 kilograms and have a narrow nose, large ears and a bushy tail they hold low when running. They also learnt Coyotes are highly curious, intelligent and adaptable and what they should do when they encounter a Coyote.