Conservation officers are boosting patrols in an area of Mission after six people were bit by a coyote in a span of five hours.
The six were bit on the leg in four separate incidents between 5:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Thursday, said the Conservation Officer Service of B.C.
In one incident, three people were nipped by the coyote.
The coyote attacks occurred on Lark Street, Starling Avenue, River Place, and Raven Ave. in west Mission, near Highway 7.
“It is unknown how many coyotes may be involved in these incidents,” said the conservation office in a Facebook post. “The COS has received other reports of aggressive coyotes in these areas.”
The service said it is working with the City of Mission to raise awareness about the incidents, including putting up signage and increasing patrols.
It is asking people to keep their pets leashed, keep their cats indoors, and carry bear spray. It also urged people not to feed wildlife, which is illegal and could fuel further human-coyote interactions.
Coyote conflicts and the unlawful feeding of wildlife can be reported at 1-877-952-7277.
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