Save Vancouver's Coyotes
Save Vancouver's Coyotes
TL;DR: Culling is an ineffective method of dealing with the aggressive interactions that are happening at Stanley Park. The goals of the petition are listed at the bottom of this description.
On July 15th and 16th, conservation officers killed 4 coyotes that lived in Stanley Park in response to the growing number of attacks that have occurred there since December of 2020. While this response is understandable, the problem is that culling predators has been proven time and time again to be an ineffective solution. This is especially true in the case of coyotes because they are extremely adaptable to changes and in response to a lowered population, will retaliate in two ways: compensatory reproduction and immigration.
In addition to culling being an ineffective long-term solution, coyotes play a very important role in their ecosystem. Either through the direct predation of or through the competition of resources, coyotes control the population of other small predators such as foxes, raccoons, and skunks. By removing the coyote population from Stanley Park, it will upset the balance of the ecosystem - the population of other mesopredators will rise and we will see a consequential decrease in the population of various bird and rodent species.
Finally, killing the coyotes at Stanley Park doesn't solve the issue of why we are noticing an increase in the number of aggressive interactions that have occurred these past several months. Studies have shown that there is a correlation between aggressive behaviour in coyotes and the occurrence of wildlife-feeding by humans. To solve the issue of the aggressive attacks, we need to maintain a healthy fear of humans in coyotes and ensure they do not get habituated to our presence.
Please note: the goals listed below have been updated as of September 6, 2021 to better fit the current situation. Please see the latest update for the newest adjustments.
As such, this petition has three main goals:
1. The BC Conservation Officer Service: urge the BC COS to stop killing coyotes in Stanley Park and instead actively work with wildlife biologists, coyote experts, and the like to ensure that the aggressive individuals are identified.
2. The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and the City of Vancouver: enforce BC Wildlife Act 1 Section 33.1 that states that a person cannot intentionally feed dangerous wildlife.
3. The City of Vancouver: pass a municipal bylaw that directly prohibits the feeding of wildlife within park areas and station someone at Stanley Park that has the authority to ticket people found violating this bylaw.