Curious coyote delays woman’s Christmas shopping plans

Published: December 22, 2017

coyote in a cage Eventually, the coyote was lured out of the garage by the RCMP and relocated outside the city. Photo courtesy of Lindsay Kelly.

Christmas shopping season can be tough. In trying to find the perfect gifts, most of us face time constraints, financial crunches, and holiday stress. But an extra barrier was recently placed in the way of an Airdrie woman hoping to get some shopping done: a coyote in her garage.

Lindsay Kelly was heading out to get some shopping done and had just backed her car out of her garage when something got in the way of its automatic sensor, causing it to reopen. A moment later, she saw a fluffy tail disappear inside.

“As I backed out, a giant creature came in and tripped the garage sensor,” she told CTV News. At first she thought the giant creature was a wolf, but it turned out to be a coyote who had decided her garage would be a pleasant shelter in which to nap.

coyote in a cage
Eventually, the coyote was lured out of the garage by the RCMP and relocated outside the city. [Credit: Lindsay Kelly]

After the coyote had gotten in, Kelly received a phone call from a neighbour warning her that they’d seen a large animal around her house. “I said ‘He’s in my garage. It’s too late, he’s here! He’s set up camp and I think he’s going to sleep.'”

The coyote was clearly quite comfortable. Kelly checked her security camera feed and saw him relaxing next to a motorcycle. “He was happy as a clam,” she said.

Next, she called the RCMP, informing them that there was a coyote in her garage and that he was “very happy.” Not long after, they showed up with a cage and some fresh fish to lure the animal out. The officers got it into the cage, and it was brought outside the city to be released.

All in all, the coyote spent about 90 minutes in the garage. Just long enough to have a  solid snooze — and delay a shopping trip.

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