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).
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
Learn more about how to live safely with coyotes.