ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Juneau Airport is issuing a very serious warning about coyotes to hikers on their popular EVAR (Airport Emergency Vehicle Road) hiking trail.
The official warning sign urges hikers to be aware of coyote activity in the area, to make sure they have their dogs on a leash or under command, and to call Airport Wildlife if they see any dangerous activity.
Then the sign describes some of those concerning behaviors as: a coyote carrying a box marked “ACME”, a coyote in possession of a giant magnet, or a coyote dropping an anvil from a hot air balloon. That part of the sign is a nod towards historic cartoon character Wile E. Coyote, and his many antics on Looney Tunes.
Juneau Airport Superintendent Scott Rinkenberger says coyote sightings do happen in the springtime along the trail also called the Airport Dike Trail. The popular hiking area is adjacent to the Mendenhall Wetlands, which Rinkenberger says attracts the coyotes.
You can contact Juneau Airport Wildlife Services at 957-2543 or the Airfield Maintenance office at 789-4001.