The BC Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS) is investigating after a coyote roaming Stanley Park sent three different people to hospital.
The first attack took place this morning, and a chain of events led to two other people being bitten.
Officers immediately responded and remained on the scene.
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A man was doing yoga at 8 am this morning at the Prospect Point picnic area in Stanley Park. He was approached by the animal and bitten on the arm.
The man chased it for approximately 200 metres, at which point it attacked a runner on the nearby road.
Then, a woman reportedly tried to intervene and save the runner from the attack, when she was also bitten on the arm and leg. All three of the victims were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
It is not yet known if conservation officers were able to track down the coyote, and the investigation is ongoing.
“The COS strongly urges anyone recreating in Stanley Park to be aware and prepared that they may encounter an aggressive coyote – an alternative location is advised,” said the service in a statement.
The COS is asking the public to report any aggressive coyote encounters to the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.
Here are some ways to protect yourself if you happen to encounter a coyote.