Senior Lead Office Hebel Rodriguez led off the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC) meeting last night with a report on the recent coyote attack in Windsor Village. Officer Rodriguez relayed information from an expert in the city’s Animal Services/Wildlife department who explained that an individual coyote is usually a non-dominate animal that has been forced out of the pack. These animals are searching for food and water and are more often found in the months of February and March because this is mating season. He said some neighbors may be feeding them but cautioned it is illegal to feed these animals.
According to experts, coyotes are usually afraid of humans and won’t approach an animal or person that appears larger in size. He recommended carrying a walking stick or squirt bottle to ward them off. Throwing an object or shaking a can with pennies will also scare them off.
Rodriguez explained the city’s no-kill policy that if caught, the animals will not be destroyed. It is also illegal to trap them. Rodriguez urged neighbors to use caution and care with small animals under 20 pounds, and with very young children. If you spot a coyote, you should contact the city at www.laanimalservies.com or call 323- 225-9453. (Editors’ Note: a coyote was spotted just before 7 am again this morning near Harold Henry Park in Windsor Village.)
In other matters, the GWNC voted to write a letter to members of the city council requesting they provide voters with information on all their discretionary accounts for the last five years. Such information would include the sources of all discretionary funds, the amounts per contributor, the beneficiaries and the amounts donated, dates, and other descriptive information that is on the ethics website.
In response to the concerns of members of the GWNC Transportation Committee about several recent accidents at the corner of Lucerne and Olympic Blvds, the board of the GWNC voted to send a letter to the Department of Transportation requesting the department update the engineering survey.
Liz Fuller will be leading a walk of Sycamore Square neighborhood Sunday February 22, 2015 starting at 2 p.m. It’s a great way to get to know the interesting aspects of the neighborhood, south of Wilshire and east of La Brea, and learn more about its history and its future. Free and open to the public: meet at 2 p.m. at the corner of Sycamore and Olympic Blvd on the lawn of Wilshire Crest school.
GWNC’s Wilshire Corridor CD4 Candidate Forum held last Sunday, February 8 is now available on video courtesy of John Burroughs Middle School) at http://youtu.be/jqpnO_BpY7A. or on this page of the Larchmont Buzz in the lower right-hand corner. Still photos can also be found online.