[awesome photo swiped from from The Los Angeles Hiking Group]
Coyotes aren’t exactly news here in Silver Lake, but I just got this pretty alarming email from one of my neighbors about the latest encounters:
At 6AM yesterday the 3 BIG coyotes that are frequently seen together on Corralitas and the Red Car Property (near Glendale and Fletcher) were threatening a 6″1″ neighbor walking his 2 dogs on leash (his dogs among the biggest dogs in the neighborhood). The neighbor shouted at the coyotes, made himself bigger and more threatening, picked a big stick to throw at them and the coyotes still did not back off. They came within 10 feet of the neighbor’s dogs. He was in the heavily wooded section of the Red Car Property between Lake View Avenue and Corralitas.
These 3 coyotes are HUGE and very aggressive. Coyotes have been seen in fenced yards, and all over the neighborhood at all hours DAY & NIGHT. Coyotes have adapted very well to hunting in the urban environment. I have seen them use the parked cars as cover in hunting dogs walking off-leash. They are most active after dark, but they have been seen at ALL hours.
Walk your dogs on leash. Do NOT allow your dogs to chase coyotes – if these 3 coyotes were threatening the neighbor with huge dogs, they will not hesitate to go after your dogs. They are adept at hunting in packs. Yell at them, throw rocks, do everything you can to make them afraid of people again.
More info on living with coyotes is available from LA Animal Services.