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:
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.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
The University of Alberta does not assume liability and/or costs to personal injuries or damages.