The Co-Existing with Coyotes (CwC) staff have logged your report and will be added to our coyote map. The information you provide helps us, and other members of the public, to monitor the whereabouts and assess behaviour of coyotes within your community.
Please take a moment to talk to your neighbours about coyote awareness. You can also download and print posters to help educate your community. For more information including a mail out, or email with, printable posters, or to speak to Co-Existing with Coyotes staff, please contact 604-681-9453 and leave your contact information.
If you have encountered an aggressive coyote, or suspect someone is feeding coyotes in your neighbourhood please report it to us, and alert the BC Ministry of Environment at 1-877-952-7277.
Coyotes are very opportunistic and adaptable animals always looking and learning about how to interact in the urban environment – it’s a major factor in their success. They will observe their surroundings to identify opportunities like food and shelter, and if left undeterred they will begin to pursue these opportunities in your neighbourhood. You can shape coyote behaviour to reduce conflicts by hazing, removing coyote attractants, and spreading the word in your community.
Creating a boundary between people/pets and urban coyotes has proven to be the most effective way of reducing coyote conflicts in urban settings. Human behaviour shapes animal behaviour, and it is our responsibility to ensure that coyotes retain their natural fear of people. By hazing coyotes, you can disturb sense of security so that it learns to avoid people, and helps to reduce conflicts with people and pets.
- Never feed coyotes – Whether on purpose or by accident, when wild animals are fed they lose their natural fear of people. Wild animals that have been fed are unpredictable, and this may often lead to aggression. Feeding wild animals puts the animal, yourself, and your neighbours at risk.
- Identify and remove attractants – Urban coyotes are attracted to a variety of human food sources including: garbage, compost, neglected sheds, overgrown vegetation, fruit that has fallen from trees, garden vegetables, bird seed and pet food left outdoors.
- Protect your Pets – The SPCA and most vets agree it is important to try to keep cats indoors as much as possible, especially at night. There are many risks to cats, and while coyotes are one of them, cars, poisons, and other urban wildlife can also harm your cat. Keep dogs on leash and do not let them play with coyotes.
If you are a teacher, principal, or member of a PAC, we deliver coyote awareness presentations for K-7 students and can provide a freely available PAC Kit on request.