I saw a coyote, what do I do now?
Report your sighting using our online report form or call the coyote info-line at 604-681-WILD (9453) and tell us the date, time, location, and what the coyote was doing when you saw it. Our hotline is tracked 7 days a week and we’ll do our best to respond to calls within 24 hours. Your reports are collected and mapped to help identify areas of increased coyote activity in Greater Vancouver.
If you witnessed a coyote approaching people or acting aggressively, please contact the BC Ministry of Environment (BC MOE) at 1-877-952-7277.
Please consider using our educational materials to inform others in your community.
SPES does not make site visits as we are primarily an awareness program. However, we do collaborate with other agencies such as the BC MOE, Vancouver Animal Control, the Wildlife Rescue Association, and the BC SPCA to address urgent coyote issues. We also deliver coyote awareness information sessions for interested community groups and neighbourhood watches, as well as for work crews that interface with coyotes often.
Coyotes are naturally timid animals but it’s important that we keep it that way for the safety of people, pets and coyotes. Hazing is used to modify coyote behaviour to create this important boundary
To haze a coyote be big, brave and loud.
Keys to hazing
Do not run – this could trigger a hunt or play instinct in the coyote
Raise your arms above your head and act aggressively
Yell “Go Away Coyote” – the sound will scare it and alert others that a coyote is near
For an example of how to haze a coyote watch this video.
If yelling does not frighten the coyote away, you can:
- Use a handy – and economical – coyote shaker made of a soda can and coins
- Wave sticks or throw objects like rocks towards the coyote
If the coyote does not run away or acts aggressively towards you:
- Retain eye contact and stay facing the coyote
- Pick-up small pets or young children
- Move toward an area of increased activity
- Call Ministry of Environment RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277 and report your encounter to us
Educate your community
The best way to manage coyotes is with people power. The more people that are educated in your community, the safer it will be for everyone.
We have a variety of educational materials including:
You can email, print, post and distribute these to neighbours, community centers, offices, schools, or wherever you think needs a boost of coyote awareness education.
Don’t want to print them? Simply contact us and we can mail them to you (currently restricted to partner municipalities City of Vancouver and City of New Westminster)
Never feed coyotes
Feeding coyotes is bad for the health and safety of both coyote and community. When coyotes are fed, they lose their natural fear of people and will become aggressive. It is only a matter of time before aggressive coyotes behave badly and will have to be destroyed.
Keep your house and yard clean
Sometimes we feed coyotes by accident. Coyotes are generally scavengers and will take any opportunity for an easy meal. Here are some things that we feed coyotes without even knowing it:
Garbage – Keep a secure lid on all your garbage, and don’t litter
Compost or leaves – Keep compost covered and reduce food odours by adding newspaper
Pet food – Do not feed pets or store food outside
Tree fruit – Coyotes don’t mind a tasty fruity snack; pick your tree fruit before it falls
Rodents – Clean up anything – including spilled bird feeder seed – that attracts rodents to your yard. Rodents attract coyotes as they make up at least 75% of a coyote diet
If you notice that your neighbour is feeding coyotes by accident, speak with them or send an anonymous note.
Good fences make good neighbours
Another way to keep your yard coyote free is with a fence. Coyotes can jump about 2m (6 ft) so you will need a fence at least that high if you want to be sure that a coyote can’t get in.