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Posted on: January 22, 2021

Be Coyote Aware

Coyote in the Bush - News Flash Image

COQUITLAM, B.C., Jan. 22, 2021 – Coyotes live in urban areas around Coquitlam and there are recent reports of aggressive coyotes in a number of areas across the city:

  • along the Coquitlam River, and 
  • in neighbourhoods such as near Mackin Park.

Coyotes may be aggressive if they become too familiar with human behaviour and unnatural food sources and, at this time of the year, when they are preparing for mating season. 

If You Encounter a Coyote 

  • Raise your arms above your head and speak loudly and firmly. 
  • Do not run or turn your back on the animal.
  • If the coyote continues to approach, be loud and act aggressive to scare it off. 
  • Throw rocks, make loud noises.

How to Protect Pets

Take these measures to protect your pets as coyotes sometimes prey on smaller animals:

  • Keep cats indoors.
  • Walk small dogs on a short-leash.
  • Supervise your dog while off-leash in a designated off-leash area.
  • Walk dogs in high-pedestrian areas.
  • Feed pets indoors.

Tips to Make Your Home and Property Wildlife-Resistant

  • Removing food sources and attractants from your backyard will help keep your neighbourhood safe from coyotes.
  • 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.
  • Keep pet food inside.
  • Suspend bird feeders and clean up fallen bird seed.
  • Practice responsible backyard composting.
  • Keep barbeques clean.

Report a Concern

  • To report wildlife that is aggressive or causing property damage, call the Conservation Officer Service at 877-952-7277.
  • To report wildlife attractants, improper storage of attractants or wildlife accessing attractants, call the City at 604-927-3500.

For other tips and more information visit www.coquitlam.ca/urbanwildlife..

Media contact:
Caresse Selk
Manager, Environmental Services
604-927-3536
cselk@coquitlam.ca


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