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Oct 2016

The Real Story – Kilcona’s Coyotes

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Over the weekend Winnipeg media reported that a Kilcona Park visitor was “swarmed” by a pack of coyotes.

Like most rumors, there’s a germ of truth in this story.

As the story went, the unidentified man and his dogs were in a very dangerous situation. The man was walking with his dogs after sunset when the coyotes allegedly began to circle him and his pets.

News reports indicated that the coyotes followed the man and his dogs from the park to their vehicle and that the coyotes continued to follow the vehicle as it left the park. Some authorities even speculated that the animals could be “coywolves” – despite fact that no coywolf populations have been identified in Manitoba.

Today the dog owner confirmed to authorities that these reports were inaccurate.

Authorities conclude that the coyote’s behavior was not at all predatory and the incident cannot in any way be described as “swarming”.



Then they spent some time PLAYING TOGETHER.



MB Conservation reminds us that every major city in North America, including Winnipeg, hosts a large urban coyote population.

In this Sept. 2009 handout photo provided by Janet Kessler, a coyote is shown on a public street in San Francisco. However you feel about coyotes, they're an increasingly visible fact of life in many San Francisco neighborhoods, often straying beyond protected parkland and out into highly exposed residential areas. Wildlife researchers estimate that about a dozen coyotes live in San Francisco, a city with the second-highest population density in the country that's surrounded on three sides by water. (AP Photo/Janet Kessler) NO SALES MANDATORY CREDIT FOR PHOTOGRAPHER

When coyotes move into the city, most blend seamlessly into the urban environment. Wary of people, they stick to the edges of developed areas, remaining largely unseen during the day.

Studies show that the most successful coyotes are nocturnal—an adaptation they’ve developed to avoid humans. Most rely neither on family pets nor garbage for food. Instead, they stick to rodents, berries and other fruit, deer, and rabbits.


Coyote Playing With Captured Vole


Coyotes have learned how to co-exist with us.  Now it’s up to us to do our part.

There are three types of behaviors that people may mistake for aggression in coyotes: following, staring and howling and yipping.

  1. Following: Coyotes are highly intelligent, curious creatures, very much like our own dogs. It’s not uncommon for them to follow hikers, joggers, or cyclists, particularly if they have a den nearby. This behavior is curiosity, not aggression.


  1. Staring: Perhaps the most intimidating thing a wild animal can do is simply stare. Those big eyes watching you can seem very frightening. It isn’t about aggression; however, it’s about caution. You might be near a den site, a food source, or even have just startled the coyote. Most of the time, the coyote is watching you because you’re a big, frightening animal, and they don’t know what you’ll do.


  1. Howling and yipping: The cacophony at night is amazing to hear, and it’s also frequently misunderstood. The scientific explanation is quite simple. What you’re hearing is the family’s GPS. Coyotes use howls and yips to let other family members know where they are, and to let other coyote families know that this is their territory.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Debbie DiCarlo / Rex Features (2731614b) Howling Good Time! Coyote Teaches Pups to Howl Howling Good Time! Coyote Teaches Pups to Howl These two coyote pups desperate to follow in their parent's pawprints start by learning to howl. The stunning images taken by wildlife photographer Debbie DiCarlo shows the cute pups learning the ropes from their elder, as the coyote tips back its head to let out an ear-piercing howl. Debbie, 59, who resides in Ohio, said: "The pups were so cute - exploring, playing and generally learning how to be a coyote. "The magic began when distant coyotes started to howl and the pups and adult started to answer back." DiCarlo got the shot during a spring photography workshop earlier this year at a wildlife preserve in Hinckley, Minnesota, where she was able to photograph baby animals. Charmed by how excited the pups were during the howling lesson Debbie said the shutter on her camera was moving so fast she was worried about it overheating. "I couldn't stop grinning from ear to ear, there was something so special to be amongst them at that moment, and the sight and sound will forever be imprinted in my memory," explained Debbie. The moment was so perfect, in fact, that sceptics accused DiCarlo of snapping a photo of a still life in a museum. Her response: "Howling Lesson has lots of sceptics who believe it to be a museum diorama. In fact, I have read that some think it is too perfect. My reaction? Thank you for such a wonderful compliment!" MUST CREDIT PICTURES TO: Debbie DiCarlo/Rex Features For more information visit

Coyotes want what all of us want: a safe place to raise their young and provide for their families.





Manitoba Conservation Winnipeg District Supervisor, Joe Johannesson has provided KPDC  with a link to two important resources to help us all understand Kilcona’s dog-like neighbours  – a short documentary, “The Rise of the Urban Coyote” and a link to the City of Toronto website, “Wildlife in the City: Coyotes”.

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Sep 2016

KPDC Platinum Sponsor Candice Daum Captures the Day!

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Watching Candice Daum capture a moment at Kilcona Dog Park is enough to convince anyone that outdoor dog photography can be messy business. The person behind the camera needs to be happy crawling through the mud and the grass, and bending and stretching at weird angles.

A dog photographer need to be comfortable being jumped on by Jack Russells, pawed by Pugs and kissed by Collies and Corgis. At some point, camera equipment gets covered in drool, shoes get peed on and everything and everyone’s covered in fur. So a dog photographer really, truly, needs to love dogs!


A dog photographer also needs to be exceptionally patient. At the start of a shoot, an excited, playful subject may spend half an hour running, jumping and chasing other dogs before finally calming down enough to be photographed.  In the end, dog photographers know that they will never have that much control over their subject – try telling a puppy to sit still and tilt his head 45 degrees!

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Dog photography is similar to sports and wedding photography… if you miss a special moment; it’s not likely to be repeated. Candice is a professional photographer who’s always ready to capture those moments.

Candice is widely recognized for her amazing action shots.  A talented “photo-sniper” who specializes in high-speed animal photography, she waits for the action rather than ‘creating’ it. These kinds of images require a lot of experimentation, dedication, and patience. Pushing her equipment to the limit and developing new techniques for capturing images otherwise missed are hallmarks of her work.


Candice is Manitoba’s only accredited animal sports photographer, endorsed by the Professional Photographers of Canada, which recognizes photographers who have reached a nationally accepted standard of proficiency and knowledge in photographic arts.

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KPDC’s Board would like to offer a special thank you to Candice for managing Pawcasso’s Photo Studio at Dog Fest Corn Roast – the studio’s busiest day ever! – and for generously donating all of the money from photo sales to KPDC’s project to bring clean water into the dog park.

To further help with KPDC’s fundraising efforts, between now and the end of September, Candice will also donate half  the proceeds from additional Dog Fest Corn Roast photos orders.

Thanks Candice! Your generosity in giving back to the community is appreciated by everyone who uses Kilcona Dog Park.

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May 2015

Fireworks display not OK with Kilcona dog park users

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Owners are worried their pets will bolt from the park into traffic

CBC News Posted: May 28, 2015 7:30 AM CT Last Updated: May 28, 2015 10:18 AM CT

Terra Fireworks Story

Dogs are frightened by fireworks and could dash from the park, which is next to Lagimodiere Boulevard, says Donna Henry, president of the Kilcona Park Dog Club. (CBC)

Some Winnipeg pet owners are worried about a fireworks display set to go off right next to a dog park.

“A dog park is the last place you would ever have a fireworks display because lots and lots of dogs are really terrified. What happens is they bolt and they’re so panicked,” said Donna Henry, president of the Kilcona Park Dog Club.

Organizers of the annual Transcona Hi Neighbour Festival obtained a permit to hold their June fireworks display at the Harbourview recreation area of Kilcona Park.


Dog walkers enjoy a sunny day at Kilcona Park on Wednesday. (CBC)

Chad Panting, a board member with the festival, said the location was sought out because the owners of the venue used in previous years no longer sponsor the event.

Henry, who is is appealing to the city to have the permit revoked, is worried dogs will bolt out of panic and into traffic. Kilcona is bordered by Springfield Road and Lagimodiere Boulevard.

“You know what fireworks are like, they’re up there and you know, they’re visible from every place in the park. My response was this is a totally inappropriate activity,” she said.

“We hope that it will get resolved, and get resolved in a way that’s fair to both groups,” she said.

Panting said the fireworks are set to go off after 10 p.m. when the park is closed. He said he would be horrified if dogs were spooked.

He wants to reach out to Henry to see if there is anything else that can be done to put the dog owners at ease. If he must, Panting said he will walk the park an hour before the fireworks show to let people know about it.

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