General and Conflict Data
Predator, Scavenger, Omnivore
Coyotes are medium-sized canid omnivores found throughout Alberta in urban residential areas, parks, agricultural and natural areas. They are distinguished from wolves by having slender snouts and pointed ears.
A coyote's diet is wide ranging, and it will both hunt small to medium sized prey as well as scavenge, bringing it into close proximity to people at times.
In urban areas, coyotes are attracted to fruiting shrubs and trees, prey on domestic animals, and scavenge on garbage, refuse and compost piles, while in agricultural areas they are a threat to livestock and poultry.
Although there have been recent high-profile attacks on humans in Eastern Canada where coyotes have hybridized with wolves, coyotes in Alberta are much less aggressive and less of a direct physical threat to humans. Coyotes and humans have co-existed in the urban centres of Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer without significant issue.
Coyotes may carry parvo virus, mange, distemper and, less commonly, rabies.