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, fallen fruit from trees or bird seed spilled from feeders on the ground are food sources for coyotes.

Keep your cats indoors and don’t let your dog or young children 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 loud 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 and move toward buildings or human activity - 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. During the fall the young coyotes, are still learning and are more brazen as they are not fully aware of how to survive.

To report an incident or problem coyote call:

  • City of Edmonton 311
  • Alberta Fish and Wildlife 780-427-3574
  • 911 (if someone is in danger)

For more information, call the Edmonton Coyote Hotline 780-644-5744
Or visit edmonton.ca/coyotes


Coyote Sightings

November 9, 2019 - Coyotes have been seen (and heard at night) in the U of A Farm.
Additional sightings of coyotes in the Lendrum Dry pond area, on various streets and alleys.


Excerpts of an email from Kara Marshall COE Park Ranger

October 16, 2018 - During the time of dispersion, which is now, young coyotes leave their family packs to find their own territories it is important to have pets on leash. Young coyotes are still learning and are more brazen as they are not fully aware of how to survive. They are more likely to challenge your pets or see them as prey. So keeping pets on leash in the community is the best strategy for coexistence.

Coyotes are important in maintaining our urban ecosystem. They eat pests such as mice, small rabbits and grasshoppers. But they can also cause problems when they become unafraid of human interaction. Coyotes are extremely adaptable in habitat and diet. Because of this, they are comfortable in urban environments where they benefit from food sources and a lack of predators. As our city expands into wildlife habitat, coyotes are growing accustomed to food sources in residential areas such as bird feeders, garbage, compost piles and accessible pet food.

Only report a coyote sighting if the coyote has followed, chased or attacked someone or a pet; the coyote is acting aggressively; or the coyote is sick or injured restricting mobility.


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

The U of A's response to the 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.