Aggressive coyote reportedly near Granville Island

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      This morning, CBC Radio's Brian Dance reported that a coyote near Granville Island followed a woman as she was walking her two dogs.

      Normally, coyotes avoid people.

      However, there are concerns that this particular animal might have been fed by a person, alleviating its fear of human beings.

      According to the Stanley Park Ecology Society website, there have been four encounters this month between pets and coyotes in Vancouver.

      All of these incidents occurred between April 10 and 16 on the west side of the city not far from Granville Island. (The blue markings are sightings; the orange markings indicate an a "pet attack".)

      The Stanley Park Ecology Society has an interactive map reporting coyote sightings across Vancouver.

      The "attacks" consisted of a coyote charging at one small dog, charging at two small dogs, trying to attack a small dog, and approaching a person with two small dogs.

      The society's website states coyotes may be more territorial during the spring denning season when they are protecting new pups.

      "They are known to build their dens in hard to find locations including secluded parts of parks and golf courses, behind blackberry bushes, and if given the opportunity underneath abandoned buildings," the website states. "If you come across an active den site or pups please report it online or call 604-681-WILD and avoid the area. It is also another good reason to keep dogs on leash in parks, as curiousity may lead to unnecessary conflicts between coyotes and pets."

      Coyotes are attracted to loose garbage, yard fruit, pet food, and bird feeders, which is why the society states that it's important to keep these "attractants" away from yards and parks.



      Good luck Coyote Ugly!

      Apr 25, 2015 at 12:46pm

      Personally, I don't think any Kitsilano purse-pincher dog has a right to life more than this coyote does.

      I'll be rooting for you coyote.
      You're the underdog in this, and I believe in you!
      There's a good home for you on the North Shore!
      Swim, swim! Run, run!
      Soccer moms and yoga blondes are out to get you.
      Chew, chew, woof, woof, num, num.

      There is a solution to this coyote menace...

      Apr 25, 2015 at 2:42pm

      Meep Meep!

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      Apr 26, 2015 at 10:53am

      There is a family of Coyotes denning close to Granville island.

      I have seen them for over the last ten years.

      Saying an animal foraging in it's territory is "aggressive" is a bit wrong headed.

      Animals naturally display this type of behaviour as they hunt / forage for food.

      Hell a lot of humans act like this as well and yes we are part of the animal kingdom.

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