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Coyote Attacks Two Dogs Windsor Village, Kills One

Photo of coyote seen in Larchmont Village area over the weekend. Photo by Eric Crespo.
Photo of coyote seen in Larchmont Village area. Photo by Eric Crespo.

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.

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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. Poor excuse for a meeting. More board members then the public. No one whose dog was allegedly attacked by a coyote showed up. No one from los angeles animal services showed up, LAPD tried to talk about coyotes saying he got it from an officer Dinh at Animal Regulation and most Of it sounded wrong. the audience consisted of 12 people, 4 of which were cops on duty, 1 Fire captain, 1 council deputy, 2 congressman reps and 1 attorney. 3 area residents. There was about 13 members that were at the GWNC table. That’s a bad turn out, they made so many flyers, a very professional looking presentation of events on paper. One woman board member was yelling at all the others and confrontational to whomever spoke at the microphone. It was like a sitcom

  2. Time to get the long-guns out. The city refuses to take care of the issue so the citizens must once again protect themselves and their property. A .22lr will do the job.

    • Killing is never the answer since tens of millions of coyotes have been killed in history and they are still here. People need to stop at look at their behavior.

    • 9:18 PM COYOTE SPOTTED FACE TO FACE – Larchmont Village/Hancock Park – Scent picked up directly on 5th street & Irving blvd where Bronson meets. Followed scent in hot pursuit all the way 5th heading west. Turned on Lucerne headed north, Turned on 4th headed east. FACE TO FACE Feet from each other PLYMOUTH blvd and 4th street. TIME: 9:18 PM

      • Coyote stared me down, started heading across the street AT me – Started yelling at him and confused him. Coyote headed west toward Arden Blvd at said point. Neighbors all coming out of their houses due to all the yelping and noise (Beagle)

  3. Coyote on north east corner of Beverly & Van Ness on April 20 at 8:38pm. Waited for light, crossed Beverly attempted to attack dogs in yard 3 houses south. We chased it away and last saw it running west on south side of Beverly. Two attacks in the last week west of Highland between Orange & Sycamoure near Melrose. One attack was north of Melrose near alley on Sycamoure, the other was on Orange near Clinton.

  4. Coyote spotted at 11PM on Saturday July 25, 2015 on 9th Street and Hudson Avenue in Brookside neighborhood. Coyote headed southbound toward Olympic Boulevard.


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