Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Red Car Property: Coyote Pack Alert!

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 14, 2010. Coyote in Red Car Canyon. (Click on photo to enlarge.) 

A Riverside Place Neighbor sent the following email:

Have you also noticed the relatively new coyote pack?  I see them almost nightly behind my house [on the Red Car Property] and occasionally they roam the street in front.

The appear young - but one is particularly brazen.

Last night I had to run this [brazen] one off as he began to attempt trying to enter my yard through my rear parking gate as I parked the truck.  The sound of the truck, headlights and horn weren't enough to stop him.

I finally had to get out, brandish a piece of wood and yell to get it to retreat.

Has anyone else mentioned this pack?

Riverside Place Neighbor

Indeed they have.  I sent out word to a few neighbors who walk/run in the neighborhood & received photos & another story for tomorrow.

In the meantime, the City of Los Angeles Animal Services has good advice on their website like, don't feed your pets outside; if you do, pick up the food bowls immediately after they eat.  Keep all trashcans closed - even the empty ones - the smell attracts rats, raccoons, skunks & coyotes.  Do not leave your small pets outside unattended, although our coyotes are not afraid of people.

The prolonged drought has wildlife of all sorts boldly looking for food in places we might not have seen them for a while.  Remember, January is usually the rainy season and the weeds are normally knee high by now.   Drought means there is a scarcity of coyotes' natural prey (rats, gophers, mice), so they're looking for easy pickings like trash, dog & cat food and your pets. 

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