Following up to Sean’s August 13 post alerting to coyotes venturing into areas south of Sunset Boulevard, as of this morning I can confirm it is no hoax (at least not in the Silver Lake area ó specifically the 800 block of Occidental Boulevard, one block east of Silver Lake Boulevard).
At 7:30 a.m. after returning from walking the dog, I heard a rustling in the foliage on the north side of the property. At first thinking it was just one of the neighborhood cats, I quickly changed my mind when I saw a bushy tail behind some long tan legs moving in no hurry from us but 20 feet away. Through a break in the greenery I finally got a good look when it stopped in front of the neighbor’s porch and stared back at me ó a lean and mean looker almost entirely at ease and in no rush to vacate the premises.
I wasted no time getting Shadow inside and calling Animal Control (888/452-7381) to report the sighting, but no sooner had I hung up the phone when Shadow started barking in the living room and the fun really started. Rushing to the front window I was just in time to see the first coyote joined now by an equally lean looking partner, both sauntering across the walkway below the front porch like they owned the place. It wasn’t until I ripped open the front door that they picked up the pace, moving down the front steps and across the sidewalk with me in pursuit. Brazenly padding south in the middle of the damn street I followed them until they made a right onto Marathon and moved out of view.
Nothing like having a couple hungry predators squatting on your property to get things going in the morning. It’s better than caffeine! I’ll update any information I get when the Animal Control Dept.’s wildlife officer calls me back, but in the meantime if you’re south of Sunset, keep your pets closed up and your eyes wide open.