Here’s what to do if you encounter a coyote around Vancouver

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If you’ve lived in Vancouver for long enough, there’s a chance you’ve seen or met someone who has seen, a coyote. While running into one might be scary at first, they generally don’t pose any threats to you or your loved ones.

Coyotes, like dogs, are super curious. They like to explore and usually when you see them in or around the city, they’re just passing through or checking things out. In most instances, the average coyote poses no threat to you. However, if you see a coyote in your neighbourhood, it’s probably best to take your pets and kids inside.

A coyote is only an issue if it’s been grown comfortable around humans. So, to avoid that, do not ever feed a coyote, and make sure that your garbage is secured.

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If you do find yourself in a situation where you’re staring down a coyote, there are a few things you can do. Make sure you give them lots of space. If they approach you, the best thing to do is to make yourself as big as possible. You can also make loud noises, even throw rocks or sticks at them if necessary. Don’t run away! Back away slowly.

Generally, coyotes aren’t that big of a threat and are just passing through areas inhabited by humans.

If you want more info, check out the BC government site on it.