The Source has received eight reports of coyote sightings in the last three weeks. Readers have reached out to us through email, Facebook, and the comments section of a prior story about coyotes.
“2 coyotes were spotted on el molino between grand and alhambra rd,” wrote Sabrina Cox. “just after my cat went missing.” She said that she found her cat’s remains shortly afterwards.
Rhony and Ruth Laigo were near Chapel Avenue and Glendon Way when they taped a coyote on Ruth's phone camera. Mrs. Laigo shared the video with us on Facebook; the coyote can be seen at the 0:20 mark.
We've updated our sightings map, which shows the encounters that have been reported to the Source in the past three years. The red icons represent sightings within the last six months.
Ken Pellman, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Department of Agricultural Commissioner, said he hasn’t noticed a rise in coyote encounters. He said that sightings are common, and that coyotes “are going to be a part of the landscape. They’re out there and they’re not going away.”
“Attacks on humans are very rare," said Pellman, but he added that confrontations are possible, and people should be aware of coyotes who are following nearby and seem “unafraid.” In this situation, Pellman suggests making loud noises and throwing objects at the animal. “Be as menacing as possible,” said Pellman. He said that some early-morning joggers bring along a can of beans to shake at coyotes.
While coyotes tend to shy away from humans, they are sometimes attracted to pets. “They'll see a pet as either a threat or food,” said Pellman. 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.