BEARS, COYOTES & OTHER WILDLIFE

Coyotes

The District of West Vancouver has partnered with the Co-Existing with Coyotes program. Report a sighting using the online form below or call 604-681-9453(WILD).

Report a Coyote Sighting

Coyotes are well adapted to living in urban areas. They are naturally timid but may act aggressively if they become too comfortable with people. With a few simple actions, we can help reduce conflict 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. Keep a secure lid on your garbage and compost, do not leave pet food outside and pick your tree fruit before it falls
  • Pet safety. Keep dogs on a leash and cats indoors, especially at night

If yelling doesn’t frighten the coyote away, you can:

  • wave a stick to make yourself look bigger
  • toss small objects near, but not directly at, the coyote
  • spray the coyote with water from a garden hose or squirt gun
  • rattle a "coyote shaker" made of a pop can and coins

If the coyote does not run away or acts aggressively towards you:

  • make eye contact and face the coyote, while slowly backing away
  • pick up small pets or young children

More information

Learn more about how to live safely with coyotes.

Co-Existing with Coyotes

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