Coyotes are extremely adaptable in what they eat and where they live and are able to survive in the Arctic tundra or in urban areas. They are naturally timid animals and will usually flee at the sight of a human. If they linger or approach you, follow the guidelines below:
If You Encounter A Coyote
- Stay calm and keep the coyote(s) in view.
- Be as big and loud as possible. Do not run or turn your back.
- Wave your arms, clap your hands, and shout in an authoritative voice.
- Make noise by banging pots and pans or using an air horn or whistler.
- Throw small stones, sticks, tennis balls or anything else you can lay your hands on. Remember the intent is to scare and not injure.
- Always keep pets on leashes.
Report coyote sightings in urban areas to the B.C. Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 or 604-905-BEAR.
The Wildsafe BC Wildlife Alert Reporting Program map provides updates on wildlife sightings and the response of the B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS) and other agencies.
- Check the map for wildlife activity, encounters and responses by the Conservation Officer Service in Whistler or other parts of B.C. Species that are included are black bears, grizzlies, bobcats, cougars, coyotes, and more.
- You can also sign up for email or Facebook alerts for specific alert locations (e.g. Whistler or your neighbourhood in Whistler).
Note: Wildlife incidents that are reported to the COS without a specific address are entered on the map with a generic “Whistler Village” location.
Ministry of Environment wolves and coyotes information