Conservation officers search for coyote after boy bitten in Vancouver’s Stanley Park

Conservation officers search for coyote after boy bitten in Vancouver's Stanley Park

VANCOUVER — Conservation officers are scouring Stanley Park in Vancouver for a coyote that bit a young boy.

The Conservation Officer Service says in a statement that the five-year-old was bitten on the leg Tuesday night.

The statement says the boy had run ahead of his family while they were visiting Prospect Point.

His parents were able to scare the coyote away and the youngster was not seriously hurt.

It’s the latest in a series of confrontations between humans and coyotes in the park, with most nips on passing joggers.

However, a two-year-old was bitten last month and needed hospital care.

Conservation officers say there is a high risk of encountering an aggressive coyote in Stanley Park and urge the public to stay out of the area or use caution especially at or after dusk.

At least four coyotes were destroyed in the park last month. The statement says conservation officers continue to work with wildlife biologists, park rangers, area organizations and the city to consider all options to reduce conflicts with the animals.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2021.

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