The Urban Coyote Intervention Program helps volunteers from targetted Edmonton neighbourhoods in making their communities safer for coyotes and people.
The Edmonton Urban Coyote Project at the University of Alberta invites volunteers from neighbourhoods in Edmonton to participate in community-based aversive conditioning of urban coyotes. The goal of this program is to increase wariness in coyotes that occupy residential neighbourhoods. We seek 20 participating neighbourhoods and have identified approximately 40 neighbourhoods here with high past rates of coyote reports.
To be eligible for the program, each community will need to (a) be willing to be randomly assigned to treatment or control procedures, and (b) identify volunteers who will (i) sign a U of A volunteer liability release, (ii) obey the COVID precautions required by the University of Alberta, City of Edmonton, and Province of Alberta, and (iii) follow the procedures for observing and treating coyotes, recording data, and maintaining safety. We suggest volunteers have at least 2 volunteers to begin and seek additional participation to create a team of 4-8 volunteers.