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BC Conservation Office warns pet owners in Fraser Valley of coyotes

Last Updated Mar 1, 2020 at 1:06 pm PDT

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One dog is dead and three other ones are injured after recent coyote attacks in the Fraser Valley

The Conservation Office is warning the public after several reports of aggressive encounters in highly populated areas

If you encounter a coyote, it's important to make noise, appear large, and never run or turn your back

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The BC Conservation Office is warning pet owners in the Fraser Valley to be vigilant as coyote attacks are on the rise in highly populated areas.

On Sunday, the agency said, a small dog was recently killed after the owner let it out on the property.

“Coyotes [are] getting comfortable with the presence of people and pets is concerning.”

The agency adds, unfortunately, several other reports of coyote encounters have taken place and coyotes may seem to be more aggressive this time of year since they are on the hunt for a mate.

“[It’s] not normal behaviour for coyotes to attack or chase people, especially adults. Aggressive behaviour toward people is usually the result of the animal becoming food-conditioned,” the statement reads.

If you come across an aggressive coyote, the conservation office urges people not to run or turn their back.

If you encounter an aggressive coyote, make yourself appear larger and make lots of noise.

For more information on what you can do to stay safe around coyotes and avoid conflicts, or visit Wildsafe BC.

To report a coyote encounter or aggressive behaviour, please call the Report All Poachers and Polluters line at 1-877-952-7277.