Coyote nips late-night picnickers in latest confrontation in Vancouver's Stanley Park

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VANCOUVER — The Conservation Officer Service says it has received a report involving another confrontation between people and coyotes in Vancouver's Stanley Park.

A social media post from the Conservation Officer Service says a woman and her friend were picnicking near the south end of the park at about 1:30 a.m. Monday.

The post says a coyote approached and bit both people on the leg, but officers couldn't immediately follow up because the matter wasn't reported right away.

Nearly three dozen aggressive interactions have occurred between humans and coyotes in Stanley Park since late last year — including at least two since July involving injuries to young children.

Conservation officers say they have tracked and destroyed at least four coyotes this summer.

Coyotes are especially active around dawn or dusk, and conservation officers urge the public to avoid the park entirely until the problem with aggressive animals is resolved because they say there is a high risk of encountering one.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 18, 2021.

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