May 8, 2019 4:55 pm

3-year-old girl attacked by coyote in White Rock park: conservation officers

B.C. conservation officers say the little girl only suffered superficial injuries after the coyote attack.

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Officials with B.C.’s Conservation Officer Service say a three-year-old girl was attacked by a coyote in White Rock on Monday.

The incident happened around 5 p.m. in the parking lot area of Centennial and Ruth Johnston parks.

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Sgt. Todd Hunter with the Conservation Officer Service said the child was not seriously hurt.

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“The child received superficial bite marks to the back of the leg and was promptly released following medical evaluation,” he said.

Conservation officers shot a coyote spotted in the area Monday night and attended the parks on Tuesday to ensure there was no risk in the area, Hunter said.

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“The area is currently safe to enjoy, but the Conservation Officer Service recommends people have their dogs on a leash, keep children in close accompaniment, to hike in groups and to never feed wildlife,” he said.

Hunter said anyone witnessing unusual coyote behaviour is asked to phone the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) line.

The public can find more information about urban coyotes through the Stanley Park Ecology Society.

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