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Majority support culling Stanley Park coyotes: poll

Almost a quarter prefer only non-lethal options
Stanley Park coyote
Coyote attacks have been a frequent occurrence in Stanley Park this summer.

After dozens of reported cases of attacks on joggers, picnickers and children, the B.C. Conservation Officer service will be culling up to 35 coyotes from Stanley Park. Lately, the Vancouver Parks Board has been closing the park at night and warning people to stay out of certain areas. The issue has been highly divisive among park users and animal advocates. A majority, however, feel the cull is the right choice.

North Shore News polled 439 North Shore News readers and asked the question: Do you agree with culling the Stanley Park coyotes?

The poll ran from Sept. 8 to Sept. 10. Of the 439 votes, we can determine that 174 are from within the North Shore community. The full results are as follows:

Yes, the safety of humans must come first. 60.59 % total, 59.20 % local    
Maybe, but it should be a last resort. 15.95 % total, 17.24 % local    
No, we should use non-lethal options only. 23.46 % total, 23.56 % local    
  Local   Total

This result provides for a 95% confidence level +/- 4.67% margin of error in the local community.

North Shore News uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.