A Lower Mainland woman has pleaded guilty to leaving attractants that could draw in coyotes to Vancouver’s Stanley Park.
Kemthong Clasby was sentenced at Vancouver Provincial Court Tuesday with one count of leaving attractants that could attract dangerous wildlife, which is a violation under the B.C. Wildlife Act. Clasby will have to pay a $3,500 fine.
Over the course of several months in 2021 there were more than 45 coyote attacks in Stanley Park, including on children. The B.C. Conservation Officer Service says that the unprecedented string of attacks impacted public safety and led to closures of the park as well as financial impacts on businesses.
After spending hundreds of hours patrolling the park and responding to the incident, South Coast Conservation officers were able to compile a list of suspects and launched an investigation.
As a result, hundreds of pounds of dog food and a car utilized in the offences were seized.
“Feeding dangerous wildlife contributes to the domestication of these animals, which can significantly impact public safety, as was in this case,” said COS Insp. Simon Gravel.
“The Conservation Officer Service appreciates the dedication of our officers that led to the successful conclusion of this court case today.”
A portion of the fine, $2,500, will go towards the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.