Just as we were all beginning to feel comforted that the coyotes who roamed the greater Hancock Park area had slunk back to the hills, several residents reported sightings and some aggressive confrontations last week in the Larchmont area. The recent incidents, located in the vicinity of Irving, Windsor and Clinton, remind us that wildlife will always be present here in the heart of LA, we just need to know the tools to deal with them.
A resident of the 500 block of North Bronson Ave shared her encounter with a large coyote on Wednesday, March 19th with the Larchmont Buzz:
Coyote tried to grab/attack my dog last night as we walked on Rosewood Boulevard between Bronson and Irving (7:30pm). It came within 2 feet of me, sneaking up from behind silently, and was undetected by my dogs. I turned and saw it in the literal nick of time. I yelled at it and it stopped but then it would not leave and continued to approach. I was able to get into my home safely, and was told the coyote ran two doors south on Bronson and tried to take a neighbor’s cat but was stopped by several pedestrians. Later the same evening, a coyote aggressively squared off to fight two large dogs and their large male owner, but was eventually driven off.
An ADT security patrolman also reported driving off two coyotes at 10:30 am that morning, in broad daylight, also in the area of Irving and Clinton. Residents have reported the incidents to the City of LA Wildlife Program.
With coyotes active in the area again, the resources provided by the City of LA Wildlife Programoffers interesting facts and helpful suggestions for Angelenos in dealing with wildlife. A few key pointers in making our neighborhood of less interest to our wild visitors:
- Keep your pets indoors if possible since coyotes may be active at any time of day or night.
- Walk your dog on a leash at all times.
- Pick fruit from trees when ripened and remove all fallen fruit.
- Vegetable gardens should be protected with heavy duty garden fences or greenhouse.
- Close off crawl spaces under your home, porches, decks, and sheds. Coyotes use such areas for resting and raising young.
- Clean and store barbecue grills after use.
- Avoid having open wood, brush, and compost piles.
- Do not leave pet food or water bowls outside if your pet is not outdoors.
- Put all trash bags inside the trash cans and keep lids securely fastened.
As Gregory Randall, Wildlife Specialist shared with the Buzz: “Please utilize the the links provided to make those sightings a more positive experience and remember that education is key to resolving the vast majority of human & wildlife issues.”
The Wildlife Program Basics – Get the Facts about wildlife deterrence and trapping.
Encounters with Trapping Wildlife – Is it necessary?
The trapping effort initiated by a group of local residents to try to trap the coyotes (see “Residents Take Action” story below) proved unsuccessful and ended in late January, 2014.
Larchmont Buzz: Residents Take Action