Recent surveys conducted regarding the capture and cull of Stanley Park coyotes yielded an approval rate of over 70% of Vancouver residents. These surveys were conducted with the residents of Metro Vancouver and Vancouver as respondents.
The said capture and cull of coyotes in Stanley Park resulted from several attacks in the past nine months. A total of 45 attacks have been documented. Based on reports, the most common cause why these animals tend to pounce on park goers is that some people leave food in the vicinity or even deliberately feed the coyotes.
Some of the measures that have been set in place to curb these coyote attacks include adjusting the timeframe when the park was open to the public. It was even temporarily closed for a time, too.
Interestingly, 69% of the respondents were open to the idea of imposing a fine on people who feed the wild animals or leave food on the premises of Stanley Park. However, many respondents also agreed to the use of alternative—meaning more humane—measures on how to deal with the coyotes.
And while it was deemed as an unpopular opinion, some respondents agreed to the notion of closing off some parts of the park so that the coyotes would be left alone.