Wildlife Management

Live Smart with Urban Wildlife

Coquitlam is home to bears, coyotes and other urban wildlife. These animals will often enter into our neighbourhoods looking for food or shelter. It is important that we avoid inviting wildlife to our properties by removing attractants, such as garbage, and preventing access to areas that wildlife may use as a den.

Click ​HERE for information on injured animals, animal cruelty or abuse.​

How to Make Your Home and Property Wildlife-Resistant

  • Keep your garbage and food scraps out of reach and inaccessible.
  • Ensure food scraps are put in Green Carts for weekly curbside pickup, and not in Garbage Carts, which are collected bi-weekly.
  • Do not store your carts outside where they can be accessed by wildlife (unless clean and empty and with the locks secured).
  • Freeze meat and strong smelling food scraps until collection day.
  • Place your Garbage Cart and Green Cart at the curb no earlier than 5:30 am on your scheduled collection day. Do not put carts out the night before collection. Failure to do so could result in a fine. (The City recommends placing your carts out no later than 7:30 am to ensure collection.)
  • Recycling bins should only be put at the curbside on collection morning by 7 a.m. and all recyclables should be well rinsed.
  • If you use a backyard composter, do not compost any meat, fat, dairy, oils, fish, unrinsed egg shell or sweet fruit. Use your Green Cart for these food scraps.
  • Remove all attractants from your backyard by feeding pets indoors, cleaning barbecues after each use and keeping freezers indoors.
  • Avoid planting fruit-bearing trees and shrubs. Pick fruit and vegetables before or as they ripen and clean up fallen fruit.
  • Remove bird feeders or limit access to them by suspending them out of reach.
  • Remove or block access to potential denning areas such as under or in sheds or wood piles. 

Residents can be fined for not managing their waste correctly; it is your responsibility to not attract wildlife. (Solid Waste Management Bylaw No. 4679, 2016), Feeding wildlife is illegal in BC (Wildlife Protection Act section 33.1 and 88.1)

If You Encounter  Wildlife

  • Stop and remain calm. Often the wildlife is just passing through and will simply move on if it finds no food source.
  • Do not scream or run.
  • Make yourself look big.
  • Talk in a low and calm voice while backing away slowly.
  • Bring pets and children into the house.
  • When inside, you may use an air horn or loud noise to scare away the animal and let it know it’s not welcome in your yard.


If you are concerned about wildlife or want to report an attractant in your neighbourhood, please contact Engineering Customer Service at 604-927-3500.

To report wildlife that is aggressive or causing property damage, call the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

Classroom ​& Public Presentations

Urban wildlife presentations can be booked by contacting the Urban Wildlife Coordinator at urbanwildlife@coquitlam.ca. Presentations cover the species of wildlife in Coquitlam, wildlife behavior, attractants, safety, and issues in Coquitlam. They are usually 45 minutes - 1 hour long and are available for K - 12 students, ESL groups, summer camps and other groups.

Please do not feed the Ducks and Geese in our Parks

The Canada goose population in Como Lake Park has increased to excessive numbers in recent summers. This is due to a seasonal migration of geese during the moulting season in June and July when they replace their feathers and are flightless. Nearly 200 Canada geese can be counted in the park at this time, which is not healthy for the geese, the lake, park users, or other animals. Feeding the geese and the lack of shoreline vegetation are two major factors that make this park attractive to so many geese. To reduce the impact in the short term the City will be relocating the geese when they are flightless in June. To ensure a smaller and more sustainable population of Canada geese over time the City will be:

  • Working with park users to stop all feeding
  • Install temporary shoreline fencing May – June to discourage moulting geese

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