VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The number of coyote sightings in the Lower Mainland has gone up since the New Year.  However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the coyote population is on the increase.

Provincial Conservation officer Jack Trudgian says it may be that people are being more proactive about picking up the phone when they see them roaming the neighbourhood.

He reminds us there isn’t too much to fear if they’re lurking about.  “They can be a dangerous animal, but it’s very, very rare that a coyote would bite someone. They’re actually scared of people,” he points out.

“What we try to do is educate people about coyote sightings.  They are just looking for food especially at this time of year.  They’re going to have babies in the spring and they’re mating, so they do get hungry.”

Coyotes are attracted to everything from food scraps left in school yards to the cat food put outside the door.  And Trudgian says people have been known to feed them.