Coyote Encounters

We need to ensure that coyotes keep their fear of humans.

There are between 500 and 1,000 of coyotes travelling through the river valley area, and some of those animals are likely to make their way onto the U of A South Campus farmlands, and into playgrounds, school grounds, streets and alleys.

If a coyote is returning to your neighbourhood, it is because shelter or easy meals are available there. Pet food, compost, and fallen fruit are food sources for coyotes.

Keep your cats indoors and don’t let your dog play outside unsupervised. Always be sure to clean up dog feces as it attracts coyotes.

If you encounter a coyote, make it feel unwelcome:

  • Make noise - clap, shout in a deep voice, blow a whistle.
  • Make yourself appear larger by waving your arms or jacket.
  • Throw rocks, sticks or other objects toward the animal.
  • Do not run - their chase instinct will encourage the coyote to chase you.
  • Never let your pets roam free - a large dog may be seen as a territorial threat, a small animal as prey.
  • Back away slowly - you might be near a food source or a den.

Be aware of your surroundings. In January and February, coyotes may gather in groups, looking for mates, with mating occuring in February or March. Young are born in April or May and remain in the den, with both parents taking turns feeding them for 2 months. The family unit then travels together until they split up in the fall.


Aggressive Coyotes on West 240

September 17, 2018 - On September 17 at 8:00 PM, an individual was walking their large dog in the middle of the West 240 (U of A farm on 62 ave). Two large coyotes charged them from behind - they came running fast from across the field. One was very aggressive baring his teeth - he repeatedly tried to bite the dog's butt. After a great deal of screaming, shouting and chasing the coyotes reluctantly backed off. Another dog walker came running to help scare them away.

The City has sent out park rangers to investigate the area. If you witnessed any recent aggressive coyote behaviour please report it to the City of Edmonton - dial 311 or and report it on The Edmonton Urban Coyote Project a joint project between the U of A and the City of Edmonton.


Human-coyote interactions expected to increase this year

May 25, 2018 - “There have been numerous reports this spring of quite aggressive behaviour,” including a fatal attack on a large off-leash dog, said Colleen St. Clair, a University of Alberta biologist with the Faculty of Science. “This is shaping up to be quite a year for human-coyote interactions.”

Reported sightings of Edmonton’s estimated 500 to 1,000 coyotes indicate they are healthy and on the prowl this spring, after feeding on deer and other prey weakened by the bitter winter, and surviving an outbreak of mange that has faded over the last few years.

Here’s a guide to coyote/human coexistence:

Read the full story by Bev Betkowski of folio, University of Alberta Human-coyote interactions expected to increase this year


August 26, 2016 - South Campus Alert

Letter from the U of A regarding south campus, dogs, & coyotes

U of A response to aggressive coyote encounters that recently occurred.
Reminder to obey signage that has been in place since 2013.


Aggressive Coyote Encounters Continue

August 22, 2016 - Two people in the area, witnessed a man being chased by 3 or 4 coyotes in the farm next to 122 street. Police arrived on the scene and proceeded into the field.

In the past week, several Grandview residents have described encounters with coyotes near 132 street (and all along the farm).

Please keep your dogs on leash in the farm.

If you encounter an aggressive coyote, please report it to 311 or 311@edmonton.ca

Tips for coyote coexistence- do not feed, remove attractants, supervise pets, keep coyote wary, appreciate coyotes

Aggressive Coyote Encounters in the Area of 122 St and 62 Ave


August 19, 2016 - An area resident shared the following, "A coyote attacked our large dog from the bush in the NE corner where the bush is (near 122 st and 62 Ave). It was very aggressive and after I screamed and waved it off and continued walking, it and its mate came up after us again..."

Since that encounter, several more similar incidents have occurred in approximately the same area, near 122 street and 62 Avenue.

If you encounter an aggressive coyote, please report it by calling 311 or email 311@edmonton.ca


Signage outlining Regulations

New Signage At Entrances To South Campus Lands

November 3, 2013 - The University would like to remind all who enjoy strolling through the farmlands to respect the regulations that they have posted at all the entrances. These are restricted areas and we are very fortunate that the gates remain open to us. Please remember that this area is a scientific research lab, with agricultural experiments being conducted year round.

  • No public vehicle access
  • Pedestrians restricted to roads and grass pathways
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times, no exceptions.
  • No removal of plant materials

The University of Alberta does not assume liability and/or costs to personal injuries or damages.