Coquitlam parks and trails are home to bears, cougars, deer, raccoon, coyotes, skunks and other urban wildlife.
You can find these animals on our trail systems or in our neighbourhoods looking for food or shelter. We live on nature’s doorstep and these animals are part of our environment. When out exploring Coquitlam trails, don’t forget to bring out what you carry in, and don’t leave any food behind. Help prevent human-wildlife conflict so we can keep our urban wildlife in the wild.
If you encounter wildlife:
- Stop and remain calm. Often the wildlife is just passing through and will simply move on if it finds no food source
- Do not scream or run
- Make yourself look big
- Talk in a low and calm voice while backing away slowly
- Bring pets and children into the house
- When inside, you may use an air horn or loud noise to scare away the animal
Find out more:
- Going hiking or heading into the wilderness? Check out our trail safety tips and don’t forget the 10 Essentials
- Also view Coquitlam’s Urban Wildlife brochure, which is also available in Chinese, Farsi and Korean
- For more tips about urban wildlife, visit the City of Coquitlam’s Urban Wildlife page
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