Coquitlam is home to bears, cougars, coyotes, deer, raccoon, skunks, crows, pigeons and many other wildlife. This is why we find these animals in our neighbourhoods sometimes seeking out garbage for food as well as looking for shelter.
It is important that we deter wildlife from our properties by removing attractants, such as garbage, fruit, pet food and bird seed and preventing access to areas that wildlife may use as a den.
We live on nature’s doorstep and these animals are part of our environment, but they can become pests and unwanted visitors. Help prevent human-wildlife conflict.
Tips to Make Your Home & Property Wildlife-Resistant
Freeze meat and strong smelling food scraps until collection day.
Store Garbage Carts, Green Carts and recycling bins in an area inaccessible to wildlife.
Place Carts and recycling at the curbside after 5:30 am on collection day.
Store refrigerators and freezers inside.
Keep pet food inside.
Pick fruit as soon as it is ripe.
Suspend bird feeders and clean up fallen bird seed.
Practice responsible backyard composting.
Keep your Green Cart and Garbage Cart clean between collection days.