Announcements / Bulletins
The Edmonton Urban Coyote Project: http://www.edmontonurbancoyotes.ca/
City of Edmonton website: http://www.edmonton.ca/residential_neighbourhoods/pets_wildlife/Coyotes.aspx
What to do if you experience a coyote encounter: Phone 311
Update: November 15, 2017 (3:30PM)
Just a “heads up” if you are out walking your dog, allow you cat to wander outside or have children playing outside.
At 3:30 this afternoon I was waiting for a bus on the corner of 115th Avenue and 137th Street. Looking west, I spotted a coyote trotting down the sidewalk towards me from 139th Street. Around 138th Street a man got out of his car and went into his Brentwood Home’s unit. The coyote stopped at his entrance sidewalk, sniffed about and watched the man’s doorway for some time.
The coyote then resumed trotting in my direction sniffing around the sidewalk as it proceeded. Although I had been moving around to make it aware of my presence, it just kept trotting towards me. By the time it reached 137th Street it was no more than 25 feet away. I didn’t want it to get within petting distance so I started waving my bags and my cane and yelling aggressively. It stopped and watched me appearing not to be overly concerned. It looked me over for awhile and then turned to go north. I continued to yell and wave threateningly. It stopped in the middle of the intersection and once again watched me for awhile before trotting north along 138 Street. Shortly thereafter, I could hear the neighbourhood dogs in that area barking as they became aware of the coyotes presence.
This coyote was quite nervy and appeared to be unconcerned by my presence or the other human activity in the area. I reported this incident to 311 and the operator thought the incident warranted being reported to the parks department.
Please keep a close eye on your kids and your pets. If you should experience an encounter, please report it to 311.
Update: December 22, 2015 (12:30AM)
Three coyotes were spotted patrolling the area around 141 Street between 114th and 115th Avenue. They were not overly concerned about the presence of the approaching vehicle, simply wathcing and waiting until they knew they could continue their patrol. I am told this is garbage night so they may have had a particularly productive night.
Update: December 9, 2015 (5PM)
On December 9th around 5PM a coyote was spotted on 139th Street near 116th Avenue. This animal did not appear to be concerned about the presence of people and ducked into an un-gated yard rather than making a run for the park.
Just a reminder that coyotes will wander into the neighbourhood in search of an easy meal: pet food left outside, garbage bags containing food scraps, small pets and rabbits. In order to ensure the safety of neighbourhood’s residents, children and pets, please be extra careful not to leave out a “dinner invitation” for these wild animals. Also, in order to prevent surprise encounters in and around yards, please ensure shed and garage doors are not left open.
Update: April 14, 2015
We are fortunate to live in a city with many wonderful green spaces. However, these spaces are not only enjoyed by residents but are attractive to wildlife. For many years coyotes have been drawn to our neighbourhood by the open spaces and their preferred prey: rabbits, ground nesting birds, squirrels, rodents and small cats and dogs. Most of our coyote sightings occur after dark but lately these animals have been spotted in places like the Woodcroft school playing field. Coyotes are harmless as long as they fear people and there are number of things we can do to ensure they retain their healthy respect for people:
- Do not feed them
- Do not leave pet food and water dishes, or garbage containing food scraps outside where they can be accessed by wild animals (coyotes, squirrels, mice, ravens, crows, magpies, mice).
- Coyotes will follow scent trails left by prey animals so if you are leaving food outside for pets and rabbits, coyotes are sure to come around.
- Clean up any fallen fruit or harvested produce.
- Do not walk your dog off lease in areas know to be frequented by coyotes.
- Do not corner a coyote. If you come across one, ensure you leave adequate space between you and the animal and provide it with an avenue of escape.
- Keep close watch over small pets and children, and ensure children know the difference between a coyote and a dog.
- If you should experience an encounter with a coyote that is aggressive or does not appear to fear people, see directions below. These encounters should be reported by calling 311.
- Non-confrontational sightings of coyotes can be reported to The Urban Coyote Project at http://www.edmontonurbancoyotes.ca/ as they track coyote activity in the city.
What to Do if You Encounter a Coyote
To prevent coyote attacks on humans, modern wildlife management focuses on ‘aversive conditioning’. This practice tries to change an animal’s behaviour by making every human coyote encounter unpleasant for the animal. This method only works if we all respond to coyote encounters aggressively. If a coyote does approach, make it feel unwelcome. They should not feel comfortable around us.
Take These Immediate Steps
- Respond to its presence aggressively by making yourself appear large (wave your arms overhead or shove long objects like a walking stick toward the coyote).
- Throw rocks, sticks or other objects to scare it away.
- Carry a whistle and blow it to startle the animal.
- Carry dog spray in areas highly frequented by coyotes.
- Shout in a deep voice and maintain eye contact.
- Do not turn away or run. This may trigger a natural predator/prey instinct and might encourage the coyote to chase after you.
- If the coyote continues to approach, back away slowly and move toward buildings or human activity.
Update: March 18, 2015
There have been coyote sightings throughout the winter, too numerous to record here. Most of these sightings have occurred at night in the park, playground and on residential streets. However, we have one very brave coyote that has taken to visiting the Woodcroft School playing field during the daytime. The latest sighting was mid-afternoon, March 18. Please exercise caution when out and about on foot with pets and children. Encounters with coyotes should be reported immediately by calling 311.
Update November 10 - 14, 2014.
A pair of coyotes have been spotted leaving the neighbourhood towards Coronation Park after midnight every night of this week. A smaller lone coyote has been spotted coming into the neighbourhood once during the same week.
Update: February 7, 2014
A pack of coyotes (4 - 5 animals) were spotted leaving Coronation park near midnight, moving northward along 139 Street into the residential part of the community. For more information on how to deal with coyotes in the city click on tips above.
Update: May 2012
It is not uncommon for us to see wildlife like rabbits and ruffed grouse in the neighbourhood, especially with the close proximity of the park. However, many may not be aware that a coyote has been seen at the north end of Coronation Park during daylight hours. This animal was not intimidated by the presence of humans and in fact followed one individual and his dog for quite a distance. For more information, click tips on dealing with coyotes in the city or go to http://www.edmonton.ca/residential_neighbourhoods/pets_wildlife/Coyotes.aspx
A person bringing a dog onto parkland remains subject to every provision contained in the Animal Licensing and Control Bylaw, #13145. This includes carrying a leash at all times, removing defecation, and having a dog license. According to the Parkland bylaw, dogs are permitted on parkland when a dog is:
- Leashed on an improved or unimproved trail;
- Leashed on a boulevard;
- Leashed and in an area governed by signage permitting dogs;
- In a designated off-leash area.
A dog may be on parkland in the above situations only if it is kept at least 10 metres from any playground, sports field or picnic site at all times.
When a dog is within an off-leash area it does not need to be on leash; however, the owner or any other person having care and control of the dog must carry a leash not exceeding two metres in length.