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Coyote Sightings in Wilshire and Larchmont Areas Continue

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Photo courtesy of a Windsor Village resident.

Many residents in the Wilshire and Larchmont areas are reporting seeing coyotes in full daylight on city streets and in residential yards. Sightings appear to be on the uptick currently, with the animal(s) described as very healthy and not emmaciated, large, and bold. There have been reports of a coyote attacking a small dog in Windsor Square but this has not be confirmed. Last year a coyote killed a small dog in Windsor Village in the early morning hours.

Coyote sightings have been noted in Larchmont Village, Windsor Village, Brookside, Windsor  Square and Hancock Park. Coyotes are most often seen in the morning and evening hours, but still in “broad daylight”.

I personally saw one saunter up the sidewalk on Lorraine Blvd last month at 9:30 am. It waited at Third Street for the traffic to subside, then coolly trotted across all five lanes to the other side of the street – it didn’t even jaywalk! – and proceeded north on Lorraine.

Officer Dinh spotted this open door to crawl space beneath an apartment building and suggested all residents check that their homes don't offer a secluded hiding spot for coyotes or other wild animals.
Officer Dinh spotted this open door to crawl space beneath an apartment building and suggested all residents check that their homes don’t offer a secluded hiding spot for coyotes or other wild animals.

Given numerous sightings again in Windsor Village, WV resident Julie Stromberg reached out to Officer Huang Dinh of LA’s Department of Animal Services He responded with the following message:

I have still occasionally patrolled your area, really good to see all the people enjoying and utilizing the park. I do kind of cringe when I see all the trash and hope it is contained securely after all the fun. The next couple of months is when I receive the highest amount of sightings throughout the City, due to the pups born in spring are now juveniles and either moving with mom in other parts of the city or transient coyotes kicked out of those prime areas and looking to establish in new areas (like residential).

This may sound bad, but nevertheless, we all should take advantage of how impressionable they all are and haze without harming them from a safe distance. Not letting them even get the slightest idea this area is safe for them to stay, and we should definitely not invite them.

Ask everyone to keep an eye out for excessive trash, fruits, dogs off leash even retractables, and worse of all (in my opinion and specific to your area) dense brush. I understand it’s mostly for privacy, but from the inside of the property looking out, thin it to the point where there is more exposure so not even a criminal/transient can hide.

Actually there is something worse, but very hard to catch, [and that] is someone may be feeding them intentionally (I don’t really get that indication in your area). So far from all the investigating and patrolling in your area, I feel the dense brush is the biggest problem (unfortunately I do not have any facts to prove this). It acts as both cover (maybe even shelter) and a point to ambush from. I hope this helps and thanks again.

Officer Dinh also shared some deterrents citizens can use in scaring away coyotes from your yard or in a confrontation on the street. These include:

  • Carry a police or storm whistle and use it if you see a coyote;
  • Carry an umbrella, flap it open and closed repeatedly creating sound and a large presence;
  • Carry a tennis ball to throw at coyote, or a “coyote dazzler”, a tennis ball with 2-3 strips of mylar ribbons attached to swing over your head and create noise and reflection to scare coyote away (see photo below);
  • Remove or thin out all dense vegetation and shrubbery, brush, wood and compost piles on property;
  • Never leave dog or cat food outdoors;
  • Remove ripened and fallen fruit from fruit trees – coyotes eat a wide variety of fruit;
  • Keep cats inside and dogs on a short leash near you.

Have you seen a coyote in your neighborhood? Share what time of day, and the street  where you sighted it below in our comments section.

A "coyote dazzler" to be swung over one's head and scare away coyotes. A string and mylar ribbons are sewn onto tennis ball.
A “coyote dazzler” to be swung over one’s head and scare away coyotes. A string and mylar ribbons are sewn onto tennis ball.

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Julie Grist
Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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  1. I live near Clinton between LaBrea and Highland and we’ve had a lot of problems with coyote sightings and attacks just recently in our neighborhood. We’ve been getting ready to start a campaign to address this issue. Three small dogs were attacked on Clinton just yards away from a yeshiva within one week!

    One woman I spoke with grabbed her dog, so the coyote tried to bite the woman’s leg. Luckily she had on loose pants and the coyote only got her pant leg. Otherwise she would have needed rabies treatments. The coyote was so bold it followed her all the way home to Orange Drive.

    I talk to people walking with their dogs all the time and almost everyone has a story to tell. That coyote approached her from under a car. Other have been behind large trees and in dense shrubbery.

    Parents with young children should not let their toddlers run ahead of them when out for a walk. Be prepared! It’s a draught year and they are looking for protein.

    Also, doing research for our group, I’ve found that Los Angeles and Orange County have the biggest coyote problem in the country. A survey found that three dogs on average a week go to the vet in Orange County for coyote attacks. And each year the US government kills 90,000 coyotes.

    I don’t want to scare people, I just want to inform. It could save a life.

  2. a coyote attacked 2 dogs on leash in the 700 block of Mansfield about 2 months ago. Both dogs survived but one needed stitches. All was quiet for awhile but now a coyote has been spotted several times at 9th & Mansfield in recent days. He has been seen during the day as well as night.

    • and again… just saw it now on1st and Manhattan Ave definitely it has found a place to live around here! I always spotted it on 1st ave between Van Ness and Western blvd. Watch out!

  3. Saw a young and healthy looking coyote on a lawn on Windsor Blvd south of 8th Street around 5 pm yesterday. I was driving home and did a triple take because I did not know coyotes are common in this area (have only been here for about a year and a half). I approached the intersection and saw my mom pushing my baby in her stroller directly towards where I saw the coyote. Obviously I flipped out and started yelling, “turn back, there’s a coyote!!” I noticed the coyote had something around its neck, maybe a tracking device? Hopefully, no one is illegally keeping the coyote as a pet.


    Hancock park – south corner of Lorraine and 4th street
    Obviously this guy felt left out for Thanksgiving and he’s prowling.

    Came up right behind us while walking our dog / appx 10-15ft behind us.
    No shame – not a care in the world.



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