Coyotes spotted in North Okanagan school yard

Conservation Officer offers tips for students to stay safe

A couple of coyotes were spotted at Harwood Elementary School Tuesday afternoon.

“They’re called urban coyotes and we have lots of them in Vernon,” said Mike Richardson, Vernon Conservation Officer.

While it’s not very often they will come around schools, the coyotes were reported in the Harwood field around 1 p.m. by a neighbour.

“I wouldn’t imagine it hung around for much longer once the kids got out of school,” said Richardson, who said the dogs aren’t a threat. “They don’t like the noise.”

While coyotes don’t usually go after humans, as they are afraid of us, Richardson offers some tips for kids to stay safe.

”Don’t feed them, don’t leave any food on the school grounds, make sure it goes into the garbage.

Kids should also stay in groups while walking home if they see a coyote.

“Make yourselves big, take off your backpack, put it on your head and yell at them. Throw things if you can. They’re very easy to scare off,” said Richardson, adding that if a coyote does approach you and you have something in your hand, hit it.

“Don’t turn your back on them.”

Students who see coyotes around the school are urged to tell a teacher.

Anyone who notices any aggressive behaviour among coyotes should report it to the Conservation Officer Service.

Coyotes are still a predator and have bitten people in the past, but usually because they are trying to feed the animals.

“As long as we’re bigger than them and aggressive with them they don’t usually have anything to do with us,” said Richardson.

Urban coyotes mainly go after small prey, but when they are in amongst the neighbourhoods they may go after cats or a small dog. Therefore pet owners are urged to be mindful.

“This time of year because it’s so cold they are looking around for food.”

READ MORE: Bear sightings continue in Coldstream

READ MORE: Moose take snow stroll in Grindrod


@VernonNews
jennifer@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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

Just Posted

Okanagan Spirits donating free sanitizer to those most at risk during COVID-19 pandemic

The Okanagan has ceased spirits operations and has produced over 3,000 litres of sanitizer since March 26

Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert

‘In moments of crisis, fear is very real and palpable,’ says SFU’s Peter Chow-White

Living with faith

Bea Buhler is a pillar of strength at the Alliance Church

Interior Health officials outline pandemic response in virtual town hall

Kelowna-Lake County MLA Norm Letnick moderates digital discussion, Q&A with Interior Health leadership

Second Vernon-area high school exposed to COVID-19

Kalamalka Secondary School staff, students urged to self-isolate if showing symptoms

No plans to call in military right now to enforce COVID-19 quarantine: Trudeau

Trudeau unveils $7.5M for Kids Help Phone, $9M for vulnerable seniors amid COVID-19

Okanagan women spending quarantine making masks

Group at Predator Ridge, and a colleague in Vernon, keeping busy making surgical masks for others

QUIZ: How much do you know about the Olympics?

Put your knowledge to the test with these 12 questions

B.C. announces $3M for food banks to increase capacity during COVID-19

It is not clear how much of the money will flow towards Greater Victoria food banks

B.C. is seeing the highest rate of COVID-19 recovery in Canada, and there’s a few reasons why

British Columbia was one of the first to see rise in COVID-19 cases, and has also switched up testing

World COVID-19 update: U.S. expects 100,000 deaths; Oregon declares disaster

Comprehensive update of world news for Sunday, March 19.

Second million-dollar lotto ticket sold in Okanagan

Twice, in less than a month, somebody won Guaranteed Match Number prize with ticket bought in Vernon

No hesitation; two bystanders assist in South Okanagan house fire rescue

“I’d do it for anybody,” says Penticton man after assisting in house fire rescue

Summerland churches go online during COVID-19 pandemic

Livestream services, online support provided to congregations and community

Most Read