PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

Living with Coyotes

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The Living with Coyotes Program aims to understand the relationships between humans and coyotes within the City of Calgary and promote co-existence through research, citizen engagement and outreach.

Understanding where human-coyote encounters occur (including coyote-pet interactions), the types of coyote behavior observed, and the associated human values, attitudes and awareness regarding coyotes is necessary to identify the potential for conflict and subsequently manage or prevent human-coyote conflicts within urban areas.

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The program encourages users to enter coyote observations in the City of Calgary into an interactive web-based mapping tool. This will assist researchers in data collection that may not be feasible otherwise. Viewed in any standard web browser, the user will be able to select the location of their sighting on a map and then record the relevant information about the observation. On submission the information is recorded into a database and users will be able to view their own personal records as well as the records of others via the mapping interface. Sightings of particular interest will be automatically forwarded to researchers.

Understanding where coyote encounters occur, the types of coyote behaviour observed, and the associated human values, attitudes and awareness towards coyotes is necessary to identify potential hotspots for conflict and subsequently manage or prevent human-coyote conflicts within urban areas.

The website will provide a means to disseminate important materials, and will link citizens directly to relevant science. Citizen science creates a public interested in research and, science in general. Success of this project will improve Miistakis’ and researchers’ ability to work effectively with local communities and to address the need of enhancing public participation in processes to address local conservation issues. Living with Coyotes is a model that if effective can be easily replicated and applied to other regions to address other urban wildlife management issues.

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The end goal is to empower individual citizens to monitor issues in their own neighborhoods and to provide the necessary understanding such that co- existence may be enhanced. Furthermore, this program will serve as a model for facilitating better integration of urban ecology into planning and management within the city of Calgary.

To view the tool and associated website please go to http://www.rockies.ca/coyotes for further information.

This project is funded by: Shell Environment Fund, TD Friends of the Environment, Calgary Foundation and the Dunlop Family Fund at The Calgary Foundation.

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