Coyote Attacks Woman Jogging in Vancouver Park

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

Azi Ramezani says she may never return to Stanley Park to run

A Vancouver, British Columbia, woman refuses to return to a park where she was attacked by a coyote while jogging last week.

Azi Ramezani told CTV News that she is traumatized by the attack and may never return to Stanley Park to run again.

“This park is my backyard. I’ve been running here forever, and now I’m thinking if I ever can run again. I won’t go back,” Ramezani said.

Ramezani was jogging right before dinnertime on Jan. 21 along Stanley Park Drive near the Hollow Tree. She said she was on well-traveled pavement, and not down any trails, when the wild canine attacked.

“The next thing I know, there’s a coyote behind me biting my leg,” she said. “I knew that I shouldn’t run, because I thought if I run again, it’s going to go for me again.”

She said she screamed and the coyote took off. A passerby helped take her to the hospital.

She has a bruise on her right leg that she may have gotten when she fell. A large bandage on her left leg covers puncture wounds made by the coyote’s teeth. She struggles to walk, as her list of injuries includes a torn muscle, which doctors said could take a couple of years to heal.

Conservation officers estimate 14 cyclists and joggers have now been attacked by coyotes in Stanley Park.

“We think about 10 people were officially bitten, and have some serious bites on their legs,” said Sgt. Simon Gravel of the B.C. Conservation Officer Service.

Gravel has advised people to avoid running in the park at dawn and dusk.

“The animals are not just on the trails; they can come out of nowhere. And when they attack you, they’re not nipping your pants, they’re biting you,” said Ramezani. “They’re going to break your skin and if you’re lucky, you’re not going to be needing stitches.”

Several trails have been closed to prevent further attacks, but the Vancouver Park Board says it has no plans to close more areas.

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