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Other options like fines (69%), better garbage cleanup (66%), education (52%), and relocation of coyotes (49%) are also supported by BC residents

Vancouver, BC — The recent decision to cull the coyote population in Stanley Park is supported by twice as many residents as those who oppose the action, but still, many are critical of the job the Vancouver Parks Board and Ministry of Forestry, Lands and Natural Resource Operations have done in dealing with the coyote attacks.

The ongoing story of the coyote problem has captured the attention of most BC residents, as 63% have been following the story closely, a number that jumps to 72% of Metro Vancouver residents and 68% of City of Vancouver residents. Even a majority of residents on Vancouver Island (58%) and in the rest of BC (52%) are following the story, despite living far away from the park.

Support levels for the cull vary by region in our province. While the majority (59%) of BC residents support the cull of coyotes in Stanley Park, 29% do oppose the action—and many of those ‘strongly oppose’ (17%) the action. Results are quite divided along gender lines, as 70% of males support the action compared to only 50% of females (22% of females are strongly opposed compared to just 12% of males). City of Vancouver residents (71%) are more likely than residents in any other area within the province to support the cull. Perhaps not surprisingly, BC Green voters (45%) and NDP voters (30%) are more likely to oppose the cull than Liberal voters (20%).

The Vancouver Parks Board, which has faced a lot of public scrutiny and criticism over the handling of the crisis this past summer has received critical ratings from the general public as 37% believe the board has done a ‘bad job’ (20%) or a ‘very bad job’ (17%) in handling the coyote attacks while 29% believe they have done a ‘good job’ or ‘very good job’ (34% are not sure). The Ministry of Forestry, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has fared marginally better, with BC residents divided on how to rate their performance – 32% believe the Ministry has done a ‘bad job’ (20%) or a ‘very bad job’ (12%) in dealing with the issue, and 32% they have done a ‘good job’ (25%) or a ‘very good job’ (7%). Residents of the City of Vancouver are even more divided—41% believe the Parks Board has done a good/very good job, and 40% that they have done a bad/very bad job with similar scores for the Ministry (39% good/very good and 37% bad/very bad).

Residents support several alternative methods of dealing with the coyote problem in Stanley Park. Over two-thirds (69%) support the idea of fining people who feed wildlife or leave food in the park while 66% support eliminating/taking better care of garbage/food in the park. About half (53%) support the idea of providing greater education to park visitors and relocating coyotes to other areas (49%). Less than half (42%) support the idea of restricting people’s access to the park where coyotes are. Most believe that a combination of these initiatives is the best solution, as only 6% think that ‘doing nothing’ is an option.

This ongoing issue has resulted in a significant decrease in visitation to the park. Of those who go to Stanley Park, 60% have avoided going into the park or certain parts of the park over the past few months because of this problem. This number is even higher among City of Vancouver residents (70% vs. 58% for those from other areas of Metro Vancouver residents).

“The ongoing coyote issue in Stanley Park has captured the attention of residents in our province over the past several months and there has been a lot of public commentary about what has been done, or what should have been done” says Steve Mossop, President of Insights West. “But what surprised me in the findings is that for the most part the public is very much behind the decision to cull the problem coyotes from the park, despite the onslaught of social media commentary criticizing the decision.

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About this Release:
Results are based on an online study conducted September 15 to 16, 2021 among a sample of 834 residents across BC. Respondents are part of Insights West’s Feedback Community, a panel of BC residents recruited from a variety of sources and backgrounds who share their views and opinions on an ongoing basis, and from other panels provided by partner providers. The margin of error with the total sample—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Discrepancies between totals are due to rounding. Click HERE to view the detailed data tabulations.

For further information, please contact:
Steve Mossop
Insights West