Vancouver Sun, May 22, 2012 – Coyote denning season prompts warning for Vancouver residents

Coyote denning season prompts warning for Vancouver residents

A coyote stops for a scratch as it makes its way through the Burnaby Lake sports complex in Metro Vancouver on Thursday, July 28, 2011. (Photograph by: Ward Perrin , PNG)

METRO VANCOUVER — Vancouver residents are being told to exercise caution around coyotes protective of newborn pups. The Stanley Park Ecology Society reports that spring is denning season for coyotes, which may become more territorial around den sites.

“Coyotes are very adaptable, timid and elusive creatures which build their dens in hard-to-find locations such as secluded parts of parks and golf courses, behind blackberry bushes, and, if given the opportunity, underneath abandoned buildings,” said Dan Straker, coordinator of Stanley Park’s Co-Existing with Coyotes program.

Straker says people who come across active den sites should report them to the coyote information line (604-681-WILD) and avoid the area.

If you come across an aggressive coyote, “Put your arms over your head, look big and yell, ‘Go away, coyote!’ ” Straker said.

The ecology society recommends removing potential coyote attractants like loose garbage, yard fruit, bird feeders and pet food from backyards and parks.

Coyotes do not normally attack humans in urban settings, and will only pursue if they have been fed or feel comfortable around humans. Straker says there is less than one serious incident between humans and coyotes a year. The last reported coyote attack occurred in Coquitlam in 2009.

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