Letter regarding the Culling of Coyotes in Vancouver’s Stanley Park

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Dear Decision Makers,

PLEASE . . . .  consider your ineffective decision to trap and kill coyotes in Stanley Park.  It seems officials just think culling a species is the only answer if there is a human related conflict with our urban wildlife.  Have you not learned this is ineffective and can have devastating consequences down the road for removing a species from the eco-system?   And there can be wider and unexpected consequences of trying to cull a species. 

There are numerous examples of ill thought-out programs to cull wildlife all over the world !  An example is prominent in our own province – all the Gulf Islands and Lower Vancouver Island were culled of predators – bears, wolves, coyotes and now the deer have mushroomed to a severe overpopulation.  This has, in turn, resulted in a decline in the songbird population.  You can see why from this article below  . . 


Killing a nuisance predator is NOT the answer. And because our human populations are increasing and increasingly impacting our wildlife species we MUST find non-lethal ways of managing to co-exist.  The fact that humans have food concession stands all over the park and then food scraps and wrappers are left will be a CONSTANT source of food for coyotes for ever.  Reducing the amount of food and garbage that humans have used in the park is a first step.  Picnics could be allowed but all garbage must be picked up and put into coyote proof waste baskets.  We just need a beautiful natural place to walk and enjoy the scenery.  We don’t need food spilled all over a natural area.  It destroys the ambience.  Richmond’s Nature Park doesn’t allow food stands or picnics.   The Park’s Board and officials need to get Stanley Park back to its natural state.   



  • Proactive — prevent losses before they occur
  • More humane
  • Offer long term cost effectiveness
  • Less harmful to ecosystems
  • Allow predators to control rodent/rabbit populations
  • Depending on types used, can provide long term 24/7 protection
  • Often more cost-effective

If our government listens to a number of various, well-informed organizations, non-lethal methods can be employed to minimize coyote/human interaction.  Humans have encouraged coyote action here by not displaying proper environmental controls and officials MUST step in and enact and enforce better management practices that don’t include killing a species.  Killing will never end if you don’t. 

Ms. L. Simon 

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