Monrovia PD confirms Coyote attack in Robo-dial message

This is on the heals of the second mountain lion killed in the Foothill Cities in 2 months.

At 3:30 PM today I received a “robo-dial” call from Monrovia Police Department.  The message: “We have confirmed that in the early morning hours of Monday November 11, 2008 2 coyotes chased and attacked a bicyclist near Grand Avenue Park.  The bicyclist was bit on the shoe but was otherwise unharmed.  Monrovia Police Department has contacted the California Fish and Game Department for their assistance.  Residents are urged to keep their pets and small children under surveillance while they are outdoors.

Monrovia City Watch reported in a post on Tuesday 11/11 that a mountain lion was killed in Arcadia a few days ago.  This was the second mountain to venture in the area that local police were unable to safely move away from residences.  The first incident was in early September near the home of Monrovia City Watch author Cyrus Kemp.  The details of that unfortunate kill is in his 9/4/2008 Post. 

The park is not that far from my home.  Several years ago I came home mid-morning and interrupted a coyote attempting to make our little rat dog into a snack.  I’ve had a bear in the back yard once too, but he was fortunately partaking in harmless foraging.  The amount of wild life in the residential neighborhoods this last year has been increasing very quickly.  The number of predators coming down is the largest most of us has ever seen.  Fish and Game folks tell us that the prolonged drought in the area is reducing the rodent population and forcing them into our area and predators are following.

Good advice if you are near open areas, keep a watchful eye on your pets and small children.

The picture is from Monrovia City watch and used with their permission.  It was taken by a friend of Cyrus’ here in Monrovia a few months back while another mountain lion was “visiting”.  

Also, a personal thanks to MPD for the robo-dial it really is nice to know what is going on so we can take precautions.

4 Replies to “Monrovia PD confirms Coyote attack in Robo-dial message”

  1. Since it is so rare that a healthy coyote will try to take prey down so much larger than it, I am always curious about what’s not being said/told in regards to animal encounters such as today’s coyote attack. There was a recent coyote v. jogger attack in Griffith Park that left me wondering the same thing.

    With the continuing drought bringing about increasingly desperate conditions for creatures in their natural habitat, it’s best for residents of areas adjacent to wildlife corridors to expect more of these stories and plan accordingly and responsibly to protect themselves and their pets:

    – Do not feed these animals, Habituating wildlife to humans is a death sentence (and may have been the indirect cause of the cyclist getting bitten).

    – Keep pets indoors whenever possible and especially in the evening and early morning hours. Consider keeping your dogs in a fully enclosed kennel-type area if left alone for long periods of time during the day.

    – Empty outdoor food and water bowls whenever pets are not in need of them.

    – Make sure trash cans are secured and inaccessible.

    – Trim away any overgrowth that might harbor predators or animals they prey on

    – Repair, replace or modify inadequate perimeter fencing to better prevent animal intrusions.

  2. Will its all good points. The coyotes are scary. I even saw one by the equestrian trail in Griffith Park this afternoon. How strange is that?

    As far as the two mountain lions go it is a sad situation. The officers tried everything they could to scare them away but the animals opted to attack. Turns out the Monrovia one was ill which may at least account in part why it attacked instead of run.

    Things are tough up in the hills. Of course it is fall so we see a lot of dry stuff, but looking close at the trees, pines in particular when you are up higher you can clearly see they are stressed from the drought. It all snowballs and now the predators are further into the neighborhoods. Vigilant watching of the pets and kids will help, your things to do certainly is a great starting point.

  3. Actually to me, coyote sightings are pretty commonplace in Griffith Park, especially in the ongoing aftermath of the fire of 2007. Hell even in Silver Lake I see them with a certain regularity. It wasn’t too long ago that I chased away a pair who were utilizing an overgrown section between ours and our neighbor’s front yards as something of an ambush den.

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