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. Coyotes are naturally afraid of people but they learn to be comfortable when they are not treated like the wildlife, and can become aggressive.
With a few simple actions, we can help reduce conflicts between people, pets and coyotes.
Have you had a coyote encounter recently?
Coyotes displaying aggressive or threatening behaviour should be reported immediately to the BC Ministry of Environment call centre at 1-877-952-7277.
Coyote Awareness Information
We have a variety of resources available for those seeking more information about urban coyotes:
- How to Co-exist with Coyotes – Practical, proven, and proactive methods for protecting people, pets and property and preventing conflicts before they start.
- Community Outreach Programs – Outreach programs aimed at the general public
- Coyote School Programs - Multimedia presentation designed for K-7 students
- Pet Safety – Resources and advice for dog and cat owners
- Understanding Urban Coyotes – Life history information and facts on urban coyotes. Find up-to-date sighting maps, brochures and links to partner organizations.
- Coyote Sightings Map - An interactive map showing coyote activity as reported by people like you in Vancouver
Please see our resources page for printable posters and brochures, or contact us if you’d like to receive some already printed by mail.
Co-Existing with Coyotes is a SPES program that aims to reduce conflict between people, pets and coyotes. Their relatively recent arrival to Vancouver brought an increase in human contact with coyotes, leaving a great need for public awareness. 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 Coyote Awareness 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.