How humans and wildlife co-exist in a city
Wildlife have various strategies for coexisting with people in urban environments. Some animals adapt well to being around their human neighbours, while others avoid us.
Living so close to parks and other wild spaces presents Calgarians with amazing opportunities to interact with nature.
One way that The City designs park space to allow citizens and wildlife to coexist is to provide off-leash parks to minimize conflict between wildlife and dogs.
Calgary has over 150 off-leash parks, one of the highest numbers for any city in North America. Focusing off-leash activity in key areas is an important way to minimize conflict between pets and wildlife.
At certain times of the year, city wildlife will be nesting or making dens in our parks, and human or pet presence in those areas can prompt conflicts.
In order to minimize stress and protect the safety of people and animals, The City may close parks or pathways to relieve pressures in potential conflict areas, and allow wildlife parents to raise and move on with their families from these areas.