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Edmonton has the most extensive stretch of urban parkland in North America, home to many 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 began in 2009. We work collaboratively with the City of Edmonton and Animal Damage Control to understand and mitigate causes of conflict between people and coyotes.

Our goal

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

What we do

We use a variety of methods to study the behaviour, diet, physiology, and parasites of coyotes. You can read more about current and past research projects under "Research". You will find publications from the St. Clair lab, including those about coyotes, here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Early in 2021, we initiated a study of aversive conditioning to teach greater wariness to coyotes in residential neighbourhoods of Edmonton. We based the program in communities with frequent past reports of coyotes listed here and trained volunteers with online material here. With the help of over 70 wonderful residents in 26 communities, we conducted a pilot season between February and May 2021. We will post an interim report here soon. If you would like to participate in the second season of this study in winter 2022, please send an email to coyotes@ualberta.ca

If you encounter a coyote, please let us know by following the instructions provided at left under "report a sighting".

Over the past 12 years, volunteers have made tremendous contributions to our work by collecting and analyzing scat, reporting observations of coyotes, helping to analyze remote photos, and participating in the aversive conditioning study. Thank you, Edmontonians, for your wonderful help with our work!

Our Funders

We are grateful to all the people and organizations who make our work 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 appreciate additional in-kind support from Animal Damage Control and the City of Edmonton.

We welcome funding for current 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 habitat selection associated with den sites. If you would like provide financial support for our research, you can do so here.

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