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Edmonton has the most extensive stretch of urban parkland in North America, home to numerous species of urban wildlife including beavers, squirrels, foxes, coyotes and dozens of species of aquatic and terrestrial birds.

The Project

The Edmonton Urban Coyote Project is a multi-faceted study on coyotes based in the lab of Dr. Colleen Cassady St. Clair at the University of Alberta that works collaboratively with the City of Edmonton and Animal Damage Control.

Our goal

We aim to provide information that will promote coexistence between people and wildlife, minimizing the need for lethal management of coyotes and maintaining a sense of security and enjoyment of nature for people.

What we do

Between 2009 and 2014, we used GPS collars to study coyote diet, movement, and habitat use in urban areas. Since 2018, we have been investigating relationships among coyote diet, microbiome, parasitism, and boldness. Read more about current and past research projects under "Research". You will find publications from the St. Clair lab, including those about coyotes, here.

We value your help

Another important source of information is you! If you encounter a coyote, please let us know by following the instructions provided under "report a sighting".

We are initiating a study of aversive conditioning to teach greater wariness to coyotes in residential neighbourhoods. We seek participation by 20 communities, each with at least six available volunteers. If you live in a community of Edmonton with frequent reports of coyote-human conflict and would like your community to participate in this study, please send an email to coyotes@ualberta.ca

Our Funders

We are grateful to the funders who made this project possible.

Current and past funders include the Alberta Conservation Association, the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation, the Natural Sciences and Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Wildlife Foundation, The Royal Alberta Museum, and the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks, and Wildlife Foundation.

We are currently seeking funding for project components that (a) use remote cameras to assess occurrence of coyotes across a range of human density, (b) estimate rates of parasite infection for coyotes with different patterns of habitat use, (c) increase wariness of urban coyotes in residential areas, and (d) determine small-scale habitat selection.

Thank you for visiting our site! We welcome your questions and comments at coyotes@ualberta.ca