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[quote]VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) – An elderly woman was walking her small dog near a park in the heart of Vancouver when a coyote suddenly appeared. A few seconds later the woman’s pet was a meal for the coyote.
Coyotes have found a comfortable home in Canada’s third-largest city. With reports of aggressive animals attacking pets – and even stalking children – wildlife officials say it is the people who will have to adapt.
[quote]“Not all coyotes are bad coyotes,” said Dennis Pemble, a provincial wildlife control officer.
Relocating the coyotes has been ruled out because they are very difficult to capture. “They are very intelligent animals … no self-respecting coyote is going to go near a trap,” Macintosh said.
Authorities use tranquilizer darts on larger animals such as bears and cougars that occasionally wander into the Vancouver area, but they say the coyote’s smaller size makes it almost impossible to shoot without killing it.
In any case, new coyotes would likely move into the city to replace animals that are killed or moved, officials said.
Reacting to a confrontation
Because of the coyote’s thick fur and bushy tail, Lampa said, many people think they are bigger than they really are and are afraid to stand up to coyotes that approach them in search of a meal.
“Don’t look like prey. Stand up. Make noise. Yell at them. If you do that they should high-tail it out of there,” she said.
Officials say if people stop giving coyotes easy sources of food they will turn their attention to rats and other animals that are readily available in the temperate Vancouver area