A roaming coyote attacked two dogs that a Windsor Village family had been fostering early Saturday morning, killing one and seriously mauling the other.
The attack occurred on Saturday Feb 7th just before 7 a.m. on the 900 block of S. Lucerne Blvd., just south of Harold Henry Park. The two dogs were outside for only about two minutes and had wandered onto a neighbor’s front lawn when the the coyote appeared and attacked the Chihuahua and Lhasa Apso .
Julie Stromberg, who had been fostering the dogs, said the incident happened very fast. “I saw the coyote. It was large, an adult, and in good health – not emaciated. There was only one. It ran off when it heard me calling for my dogs as I ran down the driveway. It stopped to look at me, and then headed north on Lucerne Boulevard.”
The chihuahua could not be saved while the other dog returned home on Tuesday after being in the ICU since Saturday. The family is very grateful she is alive, and thankful to neighbors, including Jonny Wallach, who was on hand to help out.
Eric Crespo also reported seeing a coyote on the loose in the vicinity of N. Wilton Place and Oakwood during the past several weeks. Eric grabbed the photo, above, in the dark of night, saying he’s spotted it out usually between 1-2 am. He also told the Larchmont Buzz that his neighbor’s cat escaped from the its home on Thursday evening. He found a coyote tearing apart and eating the cat later that night on the neighbor’s lawn, and scared it away. He believes the coyote came back the following night again and tried to retrieve the dead cat.
LAPD Senior Lead Officer Hebel Rodriguez will be speaking about coyotes and safety at the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC) meeting tonight, Wednesday Feb 11. The meeting begins at 7 pm and is held at the Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd.
Even though for many years the greater Hancock Park area and neighborhoods in the Hollywood Hills have occasionally experienced coyotes roaming the city streets, the shock of having a wild animal attack domesticated pets is still difficult for people to accept. The city’s policy is not to trap coyotes, and private trapping efforts in the past have been unsuccessful.
The Windsor Village neighborhood has released the following flyer with information and tips on dealing with coyotes in the city. Other helpful links are included here.
Larchmont Buzz: Coyote Sightings on the Uptick Again
The Wildlife Program Basics – Get the Facts about wildlife deterrence and trapping.
To report coyote sightings email LA Animal Services.
Editor’s Note: This story was edited slightly to more fully report Crespo’s account of the cat killed on the 300 block North Wilton.