Coyotes are well adapted to urban environments and have made Vancouver their home since they first arrived in the 1980’s. Now they are a permanent fixture in the urban landscape, and can often be seen in parks, school grounds, golf courses and neighbourhoods of Vancouver. They are naturally afraid of people but they learn to be comfortable when they are not treated like wildlife, and can become aggressive.
With three simple actions, you can help reduce conflicts between people, pets and coyotes.
- Be Big, Brave, and Loud – if you see a coyote scare it, it is the most effective way to keep people, pets and coyotes safe
Never Feed – human food is not healthy for coyotes but like any dog, they will eat what you give to them. Deliberate feeding is the sole cause of aggressive behaviour which is why it is illegal under the provincial wildlife act to attract coyotes, if you see someone feeding a coyote please report it.
Have you had a coyote encounter recently?
Help us track coyote behaviour by reporting your sighting using our online coyote sighting report form, call 604-681-WILD/9453. If they display aggressive or threatening behaviour report immediately to the BC Ministry of Environment Emergency call centre at 1-877-952-7277.
Coyote Awareness Information
- Understanding Urban Coyotes – Life history information and facts on urban coyotes.
- How to Co-exist – Removing food and attractants, scaring coyotes from public places, and spreading the word to make your community coyote safe.
- Pet Safety – Resources and advice for dog and cat owners
- School Programs – Multimedia presentation designed for K-7 students
- Community Outreach Programs – Outreach programs aimed at the general public
- Sightings Map – An interactive map showing coyote activity as reported by people like you in Vancouver
Co-Existing with Coyotes is a SPES program that aims to reduce conflict between people, pets and coyotes. Established in 2001, in cooperation with the Vancouver Park Board and BC’s Ministry of Environment, it is the longest standing coyote co-existence program in North America, and continues to grow and serve people, pets, and coyotes through public and school presentations, park signage, brochures and an information phone line answered 7 days a week.
Coyote Awareness Resource Package for municipalities
Interested in starting or boosting a co-existence program in your municipality? We have low-cost customizable packages of our fully editable resources from our extensive library including:
- Guides to design and carry out your own co-existence program
- A variety of educational materials (Posters, signage, and brochures)
- Presentations and workshops for schools and communities
- Access to comprehensive research on urban coyotes and coyote programs
- Multimedia (images, video, audio)
Please contact coyotes(at)stanleyparkecology.ca or call 604-681-9453 to find out more.