Sunday, October 6, 2013

Silver Ridge Ave & India St: Coyote Sighting

Photo: Gary Vlahakis, October 6, 2013.  Vlahakis often encounters coyotes while walking his dog in the early morning, as he did around 8:30 today.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)
Keep your dogs on leash.  We have totally urban adapted coyotes, who use the cars as cover to hunt in packs. 

Keep your trashcans closed at all times.  The smell not only attracts coyotes, but also their prey (rats, which in turn attract cats that fall prey to coyotes too). 

Feed your pets indoors, or pick up the outdoor food bowls as soon as they are finished.  Do not leave food in the bowls for pets to graze at will, or all the local wildlife will beat a path to your pet's food bowl. 
If you are having a problem with coyotes, or are aware that a neighbor is (illegally) feeding them, contact the City's North Central Animal Services & ask for Wildlife Officer Greg Randall.  DO NOT attempt to trap, feed or poison coyotes.  You could end up seriously injuring or killing a family dog, cat or child. 

CD13 City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell proposed a ban on snares (LA Times) after the July 30, Silver Lake incident, reported in The Eastsider.

Learn more about coexisting with urban wildlife: LA City Animal Services