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Coyotes are everywhere and the BCSPCA has tips on coexisting peacefully

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April 13, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Coyotes live in rural, suburban and urban areas, and that's why the BCSPCA says it's important to know what to do if you encounter one.

The BCSPCA came out with a coyote focused list this week and the first thing they said to do if you run into a coyote is make yourself look big, and be loud. Make sure you pick up small children or pets.

Running away is a big mistake, as it may entice the coyote to chase you.

Maintain eye contact with the coyote and move away slowly, all while making yourself look bigger, waving your arms in the air, waving a stick etc.

The BCSPCA emphasizes the importance of preventing conflicts with coyotes, by taking a few simple steps.

Image Credit: BCSPCA/ Bev Tomich

Do not feed coyotes. If they get used to people, they will no longer be afraid of them. This can lead to unwanted conflicts down the road.

Try and minimize the amount of rodents attracted to your area, as voles, mice, rats and squirrels make up the majority of a coyote's diet. Scattered seeds from bird feeders and fallen fruits are common rodent attractants. 

Keep garbage and compost bins clean and secure, as coyotes are scavengers. 

As coyotes pose a risk to pets, keep cats inside as much as possible and make sure your dog is kept on a leash outside at all times. The BCSPCA strongly advises against allowing your dog to interact with a coyote.

Coyotes are an essential component of the ecosystem, otherwise rodent populations would explode.

However, it is important to know how to peacefully co-exist with these creatures, and ensure you keep yourself and your pets safe. 

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