June 11, 2020 News, Safety

Coyotes have found a safe denning site in areas close to our neighbourhoods and are behaving protectively of their young.

Here is a snapshot of sightings in the UBC area:

At this time, they may be more active in the daytime and especially sensitive to passing dogs.

Dog-walkers are advised to choose a different route for the time being.

If you choose to continue, leash your dog for its safety and the safety of wildlife.

Should you encounter a coyote, walk steadily away and pick up your dog, if you are able.

In cases of aggressive behaviour towards people, please alert the Ministry of Environment at 1-877-952-7277.

Report a coyote sighting and learn more: www.stanleyparkecology.ca/coyotefacts.

General Info

Please report your coyote sightings through the Stanley Park Ecology Society’s online report form. They include all coyote reports on their interactive map and update it weekly for public use.

Coyotes thrive in cities and have become part of Vancouver’s urban landscape. They are normally timid and elusive animals, hunting and feeding primarily on small rodents at night, but they can become overly comfortable and even aggressive when fed by people.

There are four keys to co-existing with coyotes:

  • Scare coyotes – especially if they linger in public spaces during the day – coyotes are timid animals and attacks on people are extremely rare. Scaring them is for their safety so that they retain a natural fear of people. Use a coyote shaker (a pop can with a few pennies) for an easy one-handed noise maker to scare coyotes.
  • Don’t feed coyotes nor remove attractants – Like dogs, coyotes will eat almost anything if it is easily available. Research has shown that most coyote conflicts with people are a direct result of deliberate feeding.
  • Pet safety – Although rare, coyotes may prey on cats and even small dogs. Keep cats indoors, as much as possible, and dogs on a leash and closely supervised.
  • Spread the word – Talk to friends and neighbours about coyote awareness.

If a coyote shows aggression towards people or is completely immobile please call the MoE Conservation Officers’ Line at 1-877-952-7277. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns or would like to know more about the program, please call 604-681-9453. You can also find more information and resources on the Stanley Park Ecology Society’s website.

Breeding Season Info

We are currently in the middle of the coyote breeding season—a period of increased coyote activity, in which they can act outside of their normal, aloof behaviour. Adult coyotes want to safeguard their denning areas, especially against perceived threats. They will be out more in the daytime to “signal” their presence to others. They will be especially sensitive to dogs and other coyotes. This behaviour may intensify towards summer when they have their pups.

Coyotes that usually avoid any confrontation with humans or dogs will display more territoriality: warning passers-by with vocalizations or even following them. Coyotes that would normally scamper off when chased by a dog will more likely stand its ground. To keep our dogs safe at this time:

  • Avoid encounters by consulting the coyote sightings map for areas to avoid and adjust your walking route
  • Keep your dog on-leash and be vigilant
  • Should you encounter a coyote, walk steadily away and pick up your dog, if you are able.

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