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Coyote sightings can be common in cities, and have established themselves in urban parks throughout Canada. To learn more about Coyotes, please visit Alberta Environment and Parks.

Serious conflicts between people and Coyotes are very rare because they are typically cautious of humans. Here are some steps on what to do if you see a Coyote:

If you encounter a Coyote, respond aggressively. Keep your pet(s) safe.
  • Try to appear large, wave your arms overhead
  • Throw rocks, sticks and other objects
  • Maintain eye contact and shout in a deep voice
  • Back away slowly, and do not turn away or run as this may encourage them to chase you (instinctual defensive behaviour)
  • Do not allow your cat to roam
  • Supervise your pets if they are outside
  • Pick up dog feces and be aware that dog urine may also attract coyotes
  • Walk your dog on a leash
  • Do not walk a dog that is in heat
  • Do not let your dog interact with a coyote

Occasionally a specific species of bug appears to be more prevalent and/or causes a risk to our local vegetation. 

The following information should give you some helpful information. If you have further questions, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department.