An aggressive coyote that attacked a two-year old child in Lions Park has been killed, BC Conservation Officers (BCCOS) confirm.
Conservation officers are investigating the incident that occurred around 8 p.m. Wednesday (May 10) at the popular downtown park in Port Coquitlam.
The child was bitten and taken to hospital with minor injuries.
According to the BCCOS, via social media, Coquitlam RCMP arrived on scene first and killed the coyote near the attack site.
Conservation Officers subsequently patrolled the park and found no other coyotes in the area, the BCCOS statement reads.
An examination of the coyote carcass showed evidence it had consumed non-natural food sources.
Officers are now working with the City of Port Coquitlam on public outreach, including signage and patrols.
"The BCCOS cannot stress enough the importance of not feeding dangerous wildlife and will take enforcement action as warranted."
In a follow up to the incident, BCCOS is urging people to take precautions in case of coyote encounters, including leashing pets and travelling in groups.
According to the report, conservation officers are continuing to monitor coyote activity in the area.
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Coyote Attack |— BC CO Service (@_BCCOS) May 11, 2023
The #BCCOS is investigating after a 2-year-old child was attacked by a coyote last night in #PortCoquitlam
The incident took place shortly after 8 p.m. at Lions Park. The child was bitten by a coyote and taken to hospital with minor injuries.
This is not the first time such a caution has been issued.
Animal advocate group urges education
In December, residents were asked to leash up their pets after two dogs and a cat were killed by coyotes in Port Moody and Coquitlam.
An animal advocacy group told the Tri-City News at the time that residents should be aware that coyotes are living in urban habitats such as the Tri-Cities.
"Coyotes are a natural, normal part of our landscape and I think when you carve a city of out of the rain forest, you can see the wild life, and we know coyotes live here," said Lesley Fox, executive director of The Fur-Bearers, a 70-year-old animal advocacy group.
The FurBearers have educational tools to help communities co-exist with animals.