Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Astro Restaurant: Coyote Wearing Tracking Collar

Photo: Gary Vlahakis, June 11, 2017.   The coyote appears to be wearing a tracking collar like one worn by P-22, the Griffith Park mountain lion.  (Click on photo to enlarge.) 

Sunday morning, a medium-sized coyote was lying down in the middle of Astro Restaurant's parking lot when Red Car Property neighbor, Gary Vlahakis pulled in.  He'd seen the coyote wearing a collar in the parking lot before.  This time, he was able to grab a great photo and some video.  The coyote seems to be waiting for breakfast. 

Vlahakis spoke to workers in the restaurant, where he learned the coyote is a regular visitor.  Vlahakis advised them not to feed the coyote as it is not only against the law, but it encourages the coyote to associate humans with food.  Clearly this one has no fear of humans. At least the trash dumpster, a potential food source, is closed.

We forwarded the video and photo to the researcher conducting the Los Angeles urban coyote study with the National Park Service via one of their volunteers who is a Red Car Property neighbor.  

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