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Information from the City of Edmonton regarding coyotes

There have been several reports of coyotes in Griesbach in recent months. Understandably, it is of concern to residents – particularly those with pets and small children. The following information was provided to a resident by the City of Edmonton (thanks for sharing, Kelsey).

When an incident with a coyote is reported (by calling 780-644-5744) the City will investigate and determine if a problem exists. Depending on the circumstances, a course of action will be taken.  This could include public education, posting warning signs that a coyote has been seen in the area, or coyote removal.

Coyotes have a natural fear of humans but may become defensive and may attack if they are protecting their food or a den.  In cases of coyote attacks on people, it usually involves a coyote that has been fed by humans. Experts agree that coyotes will steer clear of humans until they learn that people are a source of food.

Some of the coyotes will be wearing a radio collar (black box hanging from its neck) and part of an ongoing University study of Urban Coyote Behaviour.  They are trying to study the natural life cycle of an urban coyote and how these animals live in Edmonton with as little interference from us as possible.  They do NOT want us to attend to attempt to chase, harass or interfere with these test animals. The sighting of these test animals can be reported on their websitewww.edmontonurbancoyotes.ca  “Report a Sighting!” or by calling the Coyote Hotline:  780-644-5744 (public number).

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.

This information can be found on our website at Edmonton.ca. https://www.edmonton.ca/residential_neighbourhoods/pets_wildlife/Coyotes.aspx