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3 attacked by coyote in Vancouver's Stanley Park

A coyote bit three people in Stanely Park.
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July 07, 2021 - 1:56 PM

Three people were injured by an aggressive coyote this morning while spending time at Stanley Park.

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service said at around 8 a.m. today, June 7, one man who was doing yoga at the Prospect Point picnic area was approached by a coyote and bitten on the arm.

"The man chased the coyote and less than 200 metres away, the animal attacked a runner on the nearby road. A woman who intervened to help the runner was also bitten on the arm and leg," according to conservation.

All three adults were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

"Conservation officers immediately responded and remain on site as they work to track down the coyote linked to all three attacks," conservation said. "The Prospect Point area and surrounding trails are closed and we are asking the public to respect these closures for their own safety."

Those who are out and about in Stanley Park are being warned to be aware and prepared that they may encounter an aggressive coyote. Better yet, choose an alternative location to go out.

"It is unknown at this time if this coyote is responsible for any other incidents at Stanley Park. (Conservation officers) believe there are multiple coyotes involved in incidents at Stanley Park. We are working with park rangers, area organizations and the municipality to review all options to address and reduce coyote conflicts," the service said.

Please report any aggressive coyote encounters to the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.

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