And You Thought Coyotes Were Trouble

To follow up on Wil’s post, I just saw a story in the LA Times about the growing problem with California sea lions in Newport Harbor.

In a scene that has played out up and down the West Coast, the whiskered creatures are charming tourists but exasperating local officials, who are considering a bizarre array of methods to thwart the federally protected mammals.

Tonight, the Harbor Commission will discuss the situation, which took on added urgency after 18 sea lions piled onto a 37-foot sailboat this month and sank it.

I know there have been discussion here about coyotes and how they’ve creeped into urban life, but I don’t they hold a candle to an invasion of sea lions. Can you imagine if a pack of coyotes hauled themselves up on your car until the tires were flat and the chassis was sitting on the ground? It’s kinda like that.

A sample of previous coyote posts: #1, #2, #3, #4 and these.

UPDATE: stuartmm has some photos! The sunken boat and the next one the sea lions piled onto. Thanks!

7 Replies to “And You Thought Coyotes Were Trouble”

  1. Kinda like the deer problems they have elsewhere. Real cute animals until they start tearing up your house and yard.

    My experience with sea lions is that they are mean and smelly, though they look purty from far away.

  2. There actually is something serious here to be a bit concerned about. In the days preceding and following the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake in San Francisco, the sea lions in the waters around Fisherman’s Wharf displayed the exact same behavior. Scientists have no explanation to this day except for the obvious theoretical about seismic sensitivity.

  3. Rodger, now you’re freaking me out.

    Back when I lived up in Humboldt County big quakes (5+) were always preceded by mouse problems in my house. It seems the lived in the attic and upper walls and three or four days before a quake they’d just start running around the house.

  4. Cybele, animals are excellent sesimic sentries, as the Japanese have known for eons. Just make sure you have your emergency supplies ready in case they should be needed — in fact, you should always be prepared. On the other hand …

    … after the Northridge quake I had, as always, a pair of shoes and a flashlight under the bed. Guess what? I couldn’t find them in the pitch black darkness that descended upon my condo after the electricity went out and things like furniture and objects d’art on the walls got rearranged.

  5. Man, I gotta say I chuckled a bit when I read this. Sorry to the guy who lost his boat, but it is kinda funny. And that earthquake connection is interesting!

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