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Coyotes sightings in our parks
Coyotes are a normal part of our urban wildlife in New Westminster and can be found in all areas from Queensborough to Hume Park, but they are especially prevalent in the Queen's Park / Glenbrooke Ravine area.
 
Parks and Recreation and Animal Services do not have jurisdiction to handle wild animals. If you are seeing aggressive behaviour from coyotes or other wildlife, you can report it to the BC Conservation Office or call the 24-hour hotline: 1.877.952.7277
 
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Here are some great tips from the Stanley Park Ecology Society on peacefully co-existing with urban wildlife:
 

Coyote Pupping Season is Here!

Adult coyotes want to safeguard their denning areas from dogs and people. These may appear to be “bolder” behaviours, but they are not aggressive behaviours.
 
What to expect:
  • They will more visible in daytime to “signal” their presence to you.
  • Coyotes will show more territoriality: warning passers-by with vocalizations or even following them out of the area.
  • They will more likely stand their ground.
 
To keep themselves and their pups safe, they will not risk attacking people or dogs, but want to motivate you to leave.

We advise the following:
  • Avoid encounters altogether. Consult any coyote sightings map for areas to avoid and adjust your walking route.
  • Keep your dog on-leash and be vigilant of your surroundings.
  • Should you encounter a coyote, keep an eye on it as you walk steadily away, picking up your dog if able.

 

Date posted:July 28, 2020