Conservation officers advise home owners not to let their pets run loose, to keep them safe from coyotes.

Conservation officers advise home owners not to let their pets run loose, to keep them safe from coyotes.

Coyotes preying on Maple Ridge pets

Dog attacked, cat snatched and conservation officer issues warning

There are two reported incidents of coyotes attacking pets in urban areas of Maple Ridge so far this month.

On Wednesday, July 22, a coyote attacked a dog on York Street, near Maple Ridge secondary school. The owner reported the incident on a social media site, saying the pet had puncture wounds, and needed veterinary care.

Conservation Officer Sgt. Todd Hunter said on July 14 a home owner called to report that their cat was sitting at the side of the road when a coyote “snatched it up.” That was in the 11800 block of 229th Street.

READ ALSO: Coyotes kill dog, chase cyclist in Fraser Valley; conservation officers issue warning

There are few details about each incident, because officers did not speak directly with the complainants. Conservation officers will generally only get involved with coyotes when there is a threat to the public – not their pets.

If coyotes attack a pet on a leash Hunter urges people to report the attack, because these incidents involve predators which have become more conditioned to food sources in urban neighbourhoods.

There are an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 urban coyotes in the Lower Mainland, according to the BCSPCA.

Hunter advised residents to keep their pets leashed on walks, noting coyotes are “cunning creatures” that will lure loose dogs and prey on them, often with superior numbers. Dogs and cats should not be allowed to run loose on their home property.

“Manage your property, home or business, to the lowest form of wildlife,” he added

A food source for rats, such as seed or pet food left outside, could result in coyotes being attracted to the rats.

“It can bring the whole food chain to your property,” said Hunter.

He noted coyotes are generally more active in the fall, as they teach their young to hunt.

READ ALSO: Hope is that it’s a good news for bears this year

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Conservationmaple ridgeWildlife

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19: B.C. seniors aged 80+ can start to sign up for vaccination on March 8

Long-term care residents protected by shots already given

Samantha Lowe won more than $637,000 playing Lotto Max. (BCLC Media Relations/Special to The News)
Maple Ridge woman wins lottery

Samantha Lowe won Lotto Max on Feb. 23

Hospital outbreaks included in Fraser Health update Feb. 28, 2021. (Black Press file)
Fraser Health declares COVID-19 outbreaks at Chilliwack General and Surrey Memorial

The medicine units are temporarily closed but ERs remain open, according to Fraser Health update

Conservative MP Marc Dalton (The News files)
Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows MP votes no to NDP Pharmacare bill

Maple Ridge city councillor disappointed

SHARE: Stunning vistas of Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge

Send us your photo showing how you view Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, and it could be featured soon.

Langley resident Carrie MacKay shared a video showing how stairs are a challenge after spending weeks in hospital battling COVID-19 (Special to Langley Advance Times)
VIDEO: Stairs a challenge for B.C. woman who chronicled COVID-19 battle

‘I can now walk for six (to) 10 minutes a day’

B.C. Attorney General David Eby speaks in the legislature, Dec. 7, 2020. Eby was given responsibility for housing after the October 2020 provincial election. (Hansard TV)
B.C. extends COVID-19 rent freeze again, to the end of 2021

‘Renoviction’ rules tightened, rent capped to inflation in 2022

Face mask hangs from a rear-view mirror. (Black Press image)
B.C. CDC unveils guide on how to carpool during the pandemic

Wearing masks, keeping windows open key to slowing the spread of COVID-19

Churches, including Langley’s Riverside Calvary Church, are challenging the regulations barring them from holding in-person worship services during COVID-19. (Langley Advance Times file)
Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Ahmed Hussen takes part in an update on the COVID pandemic during a press conference in Ottawa on October 27, 2020. The City of Vancouver says it has purchased a former hotel at a major thoroughfare that can house about 65 units to accommodate homeless people. A joint news release by the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and city says 2075 Kingsway, Days Inn by Wyndham Vancouver, will be ready for accommodation this November. The Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Ahmed Hussen also announced a $51.5 million Rapid Housing Initiative for Vancouver that is expected to create 135 new affordable homes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Former Vancouver hotel to be converted to 65 units for homeless people by the fall

The former Days Inn on Kingsway will be ready to house people in November

B.C. Court of Appeal in Vancouver. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Murder conviction upheld in case where Surrey mom was stabbed in front of her kids

Jury in 2017 found Tanpreet Kaur Athwal, aka Sonia Kaur Gill, guilty of first-degree murder in 2007 death of Amanpreet Bahia, 33

Det. Sgt. Jim Callender. (Hamilton Police Service screenshot)
B.C. man dead, woman seriously injured after shooting in Hamilton, Ont.

The man was in the process of moving to the greater Toronto area, police say

Most Read