Every month, the Source can expect to get a couple of reports from residents who’ve spotted coyotes in their neighborhood. As such, we’ve been a little surprised that things have been relatively quiet. We did get a handful of reports since the start of 2016, however.
The reports span from Alhambra, to Monterey Park, to Rosemead. Resident Oscar Amaro said he found a coyote standing right on his front lawn.
“He was not afraid, but I shooed him away being that my daughter, who was holding our grandchild at that moment, was standing less than 10 feet away from it,” Amaro wrote to us.
A reader who identified himself as “JC” recounted an all too familiar story; his pet had fallen victim to a coyote attack.
“I found one of my cats dead in my fenced back yard with violent wounds as prey does,” wrote JC.
Here is a map that displays the five sightings that were shared with the Source, as well as one from late 2015. We will be adding more sightings to this map as the year rolls along.
Animal experts say that while coyotes tend to shy away from humans, they are sometimes attracted to smaller animals. “They'll see a pet as either a threat or food,” said Ken Pellman, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Department of Agricultural Commissioner. He said the simplest and most effective way of protecting pets is to keep them indoors. Residents may also install fences that are at least six feet tall to secure their yards.
If you see a coyote and sense immediate danger, you should call 911, according to the City of Alhambra website. You can also report a coyote to the California Department of Fish and Game at (909) 484-0167 or the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care at (562) 940-6898.