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Coyote attacks woman in Vancouver's Stanley Park days after four animals euthanized

Last Updated Jul 23, 2021 at 5:51 am PDT

Warnings are placed throughout Stanley Park reminding people to avoid coyotes and not feed wildlife. (Monika Gul, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Woman was bit by coyote in Vancouver's Stanley Park on Wednesday, conservation officers say

Attack on woman Wednesday comes almost a week after four coyotes were euthanized following series of incidents

More than 30 people have been attacked in Stanley Park since December

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – There’s been yet another coyote attack in Stanley Park, just days after four animals were put down due to dozens of incidents in recent months.

The BC Conservation Officer Service says a woman jogging along the seawall suffered minor injuries after she was bitten on the leg around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Officers are now working to find and euthanize the animal involved in the latest attack.

“We continue to urge the public to be alert and take precautions if in Stanley Park, in case of an encounter with an aggressive coyote,” the Conservation Officer Service says in a post.

Officers have previously said they believe as many as six coyotes have been involved in recent attacks in the park.

More than 30 people have been attacked in Stanley Park since December. On July 12, a two-year-old girl was sent to the hospital after she was bit near the Vancouver Aquarium.

One of the four coyotes put down last week was “captured in very close proximity to the site of the recent attack,” according to the service.


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Sgt. Simon Gravel with the B.C. Conservation Officer Service said on July 15 that “removing” coyotes from parks is a “last resort.”

“It’s something we do in a very, very special situation, where the public’s safety is really compromised. We had over 30 people that got attacked. Things escalated the last few weeks, where we had multiple attacks in one day. Now, a two-year-old. It became very, very critical,” he said.

Conservation officers say they are continuing to work with park rangers, local organizations, the city, and wildfire biologists on “a long-term strategy to address and reduce coyote conflicts.”

People are urged to report any aggressive coyote encounters to 1.877.952.7277.

If you come face to face with a coyote, you’re told to make yourself look as big as possible, wave your arms and throw things at the animal, and shout at it in an aggressive voice. If the animal continues to come near you, do not run or turn your back to it. Instead, experts say to continue exaggerating the actions listed while slowly moving away to safety.