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Three more people attacked by coyotes in Stanley Park overnight

Three more coyote attacks

Three more people, including two children, were attacked by coyotes in Vancouver's Stanley Park Tuesday night, despite the park closing to the public early.

Multiple people have been attacked by coyotes in the park in recent months, causing the Vancouver Park Board to start closing the park from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., beginning Tuesday night.

But on the first night the new hours were put in place, the BC Conservation Officer Service says three more people were attacked by coyotes, including two children. The BCCOS did not disclose the ages of the children involved, or the severity of any injuries suffered.

“One coyote, which demonstrated signs of food habituation, was killed,” the BCCOS said. “[Conservation Officers] will remain in the park to patrol and respond to these specific incidents.”

The overnight attacks come after a man was bitten on the leg by a coyote along the park's seawall near Second Beach on Monday morning. Last Friday, a runner in the Lost Lagoon area was bitten around 6 a.m., while another man was bitten near Lions Gate Bridge that same evening.

“The BCCOS cannot stress enough to avoid Stanley Park, especially during dawn and dusk hours, when coyotes tend to be more active,” the BCCOS said.

The BCCOS says they're working with wildlife biologists with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development to determine their next steps.



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