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: http://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/pests/what-to-do-if-you-encounter-a-coyote.aspx
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:
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
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