Friday, June 6, 2008

Corralitas Coyotes: Big & Healthy

Photos: Diane Edwardson, June 6, 2008, 11:12 AM. (Click on photos to enlarge.)

This morning, while making the turn onto Rosebud Ave. from Allesandro, I was greeted by a healthy looking coyote searching for a good place to jump down from the 2 Freeway and head toward the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract. Unfortunately, there was a bit too much traffic and a good 8-10 foot drop to the sidewalk below. So the coyote headed back into the brush on the freeway to search for a shorter jump.

I'm always amazed by the number of neighbors who have never seen coyotes. Our neighborhood has some of the largest and healthiest looking coyotes I've ever seen. Perhaps their more natural diet of rats and gophers is only supplemented by trash and pets since we have the open space of the Red Car Property and Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract in our neighborhood. This one appeared much larger than my 40 lb dog. He also looked friendlier than my dog. It was definitely not the fox.

I've seen more coyotes after 9 AM, when the commute traffic calms down, than at night. I've often seen and followed coyotes across Allesandro from the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract, cross under the 2 Freeway on Rosebud, where they either turn right from Rosebud to the Red Car Property, or go up the stairs on Corralitas, then down the hidden stairs on the other side of Corralitas, travel north on the Red Car Property, cross Fletcher at the Red Car Viaduct Footings and head toward Griffith Park via the Menlo Property on Riverside north of Fletcher. Our neighborhood has quite an urban wildlife corridor.

Learn more about coyotes on the City of Los Angeles Animal Services website. For a photos of a really healthy looking coyote in Wyoming, see The Daily Coyote.