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. It continues to grow and serve people, pets, and coyotes through public and school presentations, park signage, brochures, emails, and an information phone line answered 7 days a week.

Be on the alert for signs of aggression

Coyote Sightings Map

We rely on reports from people like you to help us keep track of coyote activity in Vancouver. Each paw print represents a single coyote report made to our info-line.

A coyote in Stanley Park. Photo by Gerry Bates.

Have you had a coyote encounter recently?

If a coyote displays aggressive or threatening behaviour report immediately to the BC Ministry of Environment emergency call centre at 1-877-952-7277.

Otherwise, you can help us track coyote behaviour by reporting your sighting using our online coyote sighting report form or calling (604) 257-6908 ext. 104.

Coyotes are well adapted to living in cities. They are naturally scared of people, but can become bold and aggressive if fed. With a few simple actions, we can help reduce conflicts between people, pets and coyotes.

  • Be Big, Brave, and Loud – Scaring coyotes helps them retain a natural fear of people.
  • Never Feed Coyotes – Coyotes that are fed by people can become bold and aggressive, and may have to be destroyed.
  • Pet Safety – Keep dogs on a leash and cats indoors, especially at night.
  • Spread the Word – Report your sightings, tell your neighbours about co-existing, and put up posters in your neighbourhood.
Coyote pups stacked adorably on top of each other
A large rout of coyote pups at Van Dusen Park… (Photo: Mark T. White)
An adult coyote at attention
A coyote standing on the lawn. (Photo: Don Enright)

Coyote Awareness Information

Posters and Other Materials

For municipalities seeking coyote solutions

Interested in starting a coyote co-existence program in your municipality? We offer all of the original and editable files in our Coyote Awareness Resource Package (CARP), including:

  • Instructions for running a coyote monitoring hotline
  • Educational materials (posters, signage, and brochures)
  • Presentations and workshops for schools and communities
  • Research on urban coyotes
  • Multimedia (images, video, audio)

It would be our pleasure to work with you and help others to co-exist with coyotes. Municipalities can engage Co-Existing with Coyotes for SPES to provide the above services to your municipality on a fee-for-service contract basis. Currently, SPES serves the City of Vancouver, the City of Burnaby, the City of Richmond, and the District of West Vancouver. For more information on these services, please see our Municipal Services guide which can be downloaded here. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact or call (604) 257-6908 ext. 104.