Just got this e-warning from West Hollywood’s Heavy Petting Pet Boutique about Coyotes in the area and thought I’d pass it on:
PLEASE be aware of your surroundings when walking your dog at all times! Within the past couple of weeks, he have been told of FOUR dogs which were taken and/or killed by coyotes. In one case the incident happened in Hollywood SOUTH of Sunset Boulevard.
Humans have encroached on the coyotes’ hunting grounds and, in the heat of the summer, food is scarce and the coyotes seem to have moved south out of the hills. Coyotes are smart and very fast – and not afraid of people. Your dog (or cat for that matter!) is just an easy meal to them.
In one case, a man walking two small dogs saw a coyote on the street ahead of him. He picked up one dog and, while he was picking it up, ANOTHER coyote came out from under a car nearby and seized the other dog and carried it off. In another case, a coyote had gotten into a FENCED yard and took a terrier while the owner’s back was turned for a SECOND to slide closed the sliding glass doors. And remember, if there is more than one coyote, a larger dog may not be safe – one of the dogs killed weighed about 50 pounds.
If you must let your dogs out in your back yard, PLEASE check your fences for holes dug by coyotes or tears/breaks in the fence and do NOT let them out unsupervised — even for a minute. Also, remember that coyotes can leap and climb. If you walk your dogs, especially if you do so at dusk or in the early morning, and ESPECIALLY if you are in Hollywood north of Sunset, in Bronson, Nichols, Laurel or other canyons, or in the area around Cahuenga and the Hollywood Bowl, PLEASE be careful and keep an eye out.