Coyote activity increases during the pup rearing period (spring) and the dispersal period (early fall), especially around greenspaces, like many areas found across campus.
In spring coyotes (like other wildlife) can be very protective of their new offspring. In fall, young coyotes leave their family for the first time, and can be very fearful and prone to getting into conflict with humans.
Coyotes will take advantage of easily accessible human food sources any time of year, leading to food conditioning, which is a main cause of unsafe interactions between coyotes, humans, and pets.
Be wildlife smart. Read educational signage. Pay attention to wildlife closures.
UCalgary has a Living with Wildlife co-existence program that aligns with the City of Calgary’s practice, but we focus more stringently on prevention, using science and evidence-based decision making. Living with Wildlife rests on educating the campus community, monitoring wildlife activity, encouraging appropriate human behaviour (e.g., dogs on leash, proper garbage handling), and mitigating situations before significant conflict arises.