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Bryan Adams adds voice to those opposing Stanley Park coyote cull

Last Updated Sep 6, 2021 at 9:10 am PDT

FILE — Signs warning visitors in Stanley Park about coyotes. (CityNews)

Bryan Adams says killing the Stanley Park coyotes would disrupt the ecosystem

Province announced last week it would be trapping, killing up to 35 Stanley Park coyotes after string of attacks

More than 40 people have been hurt since December in coyote attacks at Stanley Park

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – With plans underway to trap and euthanize dozens of coyotes in Stanley Park, Bryan Adams is adding his voice to growing opposition to a cull.

The singer, who moved to North Vancouver in his earlier years, took to Twitter Sunday to voice his concerns, writing, “Consider the knock on effect by removing a species from its natural habitat.”

“Look what happened when they wiped out the wolves in Yellowstone. They had to rewild them back to balance the ecosystem,” his tweet adds.

Adams’ post has received hundreds of likes and dozens of retweets.

His concerns have been echoed by many, including UBC applied animal biology student Leilani Pulsifer, who’s been monitoring the Stanley Park coyotes for a month.

She agrees coyotes have contributed to wildlife population control in the park, adding “culling is an ineffective method of dealing with the aggressive interactions that are happening” in the greenspace.

There have been more than 40 reported coyote attacks on humans in Stanley Park since December. Some of the people hurt by the animals were children.

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In an effort to deal with the situation, the province announced last week it would be trapping and killing up to 35 coyotes. Several animals have already been euthanized.

Pulsifer’s petition, started weeks ago, has gathered more than 14,000 signatures, nearing its 15,000 goal.

However, while many are vocal in their opposition to the cull, there are some who say it’s what’s needed, given the steady increase in attacks, and that Adams is out of touch with what’s been happening at Stanley Park.

Some people say the park, which is one of the region’s most popular attractions, is just too heavily trafficked and that it would be too dangerous to allow so many coyotes to continue living in the area.