Going for a hike with your dog around Lynn Headwaters Regional Park or Rice Lake in North Vancouver? Metro Vancouver has announced that dogs must be on leash in the area after a vicious attack by a pack of coyotes on dogs.
Coyote pups and mothers are currently in the area, so for everyone’s safety, the Lynn Headwaters Connector Trail is on-leash only until further notice,” Metro Vancouver said. “Remember to be cautious and keep your dog on leash. Wildlife like coyotes and bears are active in the forest.”
The warning comes after a couple’s dog were attacked by a pack of five coyotes in the area. In a Facebook post, Diane Rizzardo said her fiancé and their two large dogs were attacked by a pack of five coyotes mid-day on the main trail near Rice Lake in Lynn Valley. “This seems to be a very aggressive pack of coyotes as both dogs and Elliott had bite wounds pretty extensively. We got lucky, so heads up and keep your eyes out and doggies close,” she wrote.
Metro Vancouver says they have seen an increase in coyote activity in the forested areas around Rice Lake, adding that the area has coyote mothers with young pups. Metro Vancouver staff is now posting signs of the off-leash rule in the area and urging people to follow the off-leash rule.
People are asked to report any incidents to the Conservation Officer Service R.A.P.P. line at 1-877-952-7277.