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Eramosa Karst hikers warned about protective coyote

Hikers and especially dog walkers are being warned to avoid two trails in the northern part of Eramosa Karst Conservation Area for the next little while because of reports that a coyote is protecting its territory by two trails.

Gord Costie, director of customer services for the Hamilton Conservation Authority, said he suspects the coyote recently had pups and views dogs as a threat to her litter.

He said the public is being asked to stay off the upper Stoney Creek park’s orange and yellow trails between the Pottruff Homestead and Nexus Cave until further notice.

Costie said signs are posted at the park and staff will keep an eye on the area.

“This is the time frame for the pups to be emerging and it could take up to several weeks,” he said, urging people to give them some space.

“This area has had a little bit of a history and we’ve got past it previously, including last year.”

Costie said the coyote concerns won’t affect the Friends of the Eramosa Karst’s annual tree planting on May 24 because there will be lots of people on hand.

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