Wednesday, June 23, 2010

COYOTE ATTACK TODAY: Stone Canyon Road

** Thank you to one of our Bel-Air neighbors for reporting this incident! It is an important warning sign that we continue to face many wild animals and predators in Bel-Air. Fortunately, this incident resulted in the dog being okay.**


PLEASE KEEP YOUR PETS & CHILDREN SAFE. COYOTES HAVE RECENTLY CARRIED OFF SMALL ANIMALS AND COULD DO THE SAME TO A SMALL CHILD!


TODAY, ANOTHER COYOTE INCIDENT OCCURRED JUST NORTH OF THE 1000 BLOCK OF STONE CANYON ROAD. A COYOTE TRIED TO ATTACK AND SNATCH A FAMILY DOG.



WHAT YOU CAN DO

(Thank you to Director Chris Hameetman for these tips on a previous blog post!)

FENCES
Coyotes are capable of scaling or jumping fences upwards of 5 1/2 feet in height.
They can be deterred by increasing the fence height to at least 6 feet and adding an angle at the top facing outward at 45 degrees and 16 inches wide.
(For fences over 6 feet check local fence height laws, a variance may be required.)
Bury the bottom of the fence at least 12 to 18 inches underground and line the trench with rock to prevent the coyote from digging underneath.
An apron underground at the base extending an additional 18 to 24 inches out from the fence should be added as well.

DO’S and DON’T’S
Keep your pets indoors or secured in an outdoor kennel. Environmental factors can affect the time a coyote may appear.
Coyotes are active during daylight hours also.
Walk your dog on a leash at all times.
If your yard does not have a fence, use a leash while on your property to keep your pet close to you.
You may carry something with you for protection such as an air horn, whistle, walking stick or cane.
Confine small animals and birds that you cannot keep indoors to covered enclosures constructed of a heavy gauge wire mesh.
Coyotes can break through chicken wire.
Put all trash bags inside the trash cans and keep all outdoor trash can lids securely fastened to the containers.
Place trash bins inside sheds, garages or other enclosed structures.
Pick fruit from trees as soon as it ripens and pick up all fallen fruit.
Cut low hanging branches to avoid the coyote feeding from trees.
Trim ground-level shrubbery.
Vegetable gardens should be protected with heavy duty garden fences or enclosed by a greenhouse.
Check with your local plant nursery to see what deterrent products are available.
If you have access to the Internet, you may find some items on-line.
Keep your property well lit at night.
Close off crawl spaces under porches, decks and sheds.
Coyotes use such areas for resting and raising young.
Share this information with your neighbors.
Your efforts may be futile if someone is providing food or shelter for coyotes.
Remember this is a neighborhood effort.
Do not feed wild animals.
It is illegal to feed predatory wildlife in the City of Los Angeles. (L.A.M.C. Sec. 53.06.5)
Do not leave pet food or water bowls outside if your pet is not outdoors.
Local law requires that food and water be available to your pet when it is kept outside.
However, bring in the dishes when your pet is inside.
Do not allow pets to roam from home.
Do not set your trash out for pick-up until the day of pick-up to reduce attracting predators in the middle of the night.
Do not attempt to pet or otherwise make contact with them.
Coyotes are wild animals and should be treated as such.
Never leave small children unattended.
Do not throw food into an open compost pile.

DETERRENTS & SCARE TACTICS
Spray a little ammonia in your trash can several times a week to cut the odor of food.
Place moth balls or moth ball cakes in areas where coyotes sleep or hang out to deter them from staying.
Motion activated devices such as lights, strobe lights and sprinklers can be useful.
Use radios that are set to talk or news stations to help deter the coyotes.
Use a Coyote Shaker: A can containing a few coins which can be shaken and thrown at the coyote.
Throw balls or rocks.
Bang two pans together, blow a whistle, use an air horn or use high pressure water sprayer. Alternate the deterrents to prevent the coyote from getting used to one method.

COMMON Q&A
What should I do if a coyote approaches me?

- Wave your arms.
- Shout in a low, loud tone.
- Throw objects at the coyote while maintaining eye contact.
- Make yourself look as big as possible; if you are wearing a jacket open it up like a cape.
- If possible, go towards active or populated areas but do not turn your back on the coyote. How can I keep my dog safe?
- If you live in coyote country, closely supervise your dog.
- Walk your dog on a leash at all times and stay close to high pedestrian traffic areas.
- Try not to establish a regular routine and route to avoid setting up a pattern for the coyote to detect.
- Avoid bushy areas or paths near abandoned properties.
- If you notice a coyote when walking your dog, keep your dog as close to you as possible and move towards an active area.
- Never encourage or allow your dog to interact or “play” with coyotes. How can I keep my cat safe?
- Keep your cat indoors at all times.
- If your cat must be outside, consider constructing an outdoor 6 sided enclosure that is made of heavy gauge wire or chain-link with an enclosed access way to the house.

Related Link: http://www.fundwildlife.org/coexist/coyotes.html

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

AGAIN?!?! This is outrageous! Thank god the dog is okay, but this coyote issue is out of control.

Skip said...

The coyotes are here to stay. We can't get rid of them - nor should we. There are more coyotes in the US now than than there were when the Declaration of Independence was signed.They love living with us because we provide everything they need - food, water and shelter.

You might like to check out what we learned about coyotes and how to live with them here in Laurel Canyon. http://www.rosiecoyote.com

By the way, if you try to cull or eradicate them you end up with twice as many coyotes.

all the best

Anonymous said...

How do we end up with twice as many coyotes by trying to eradicate them?

Anonymous said...

After doing some research and finding the hundreds of sites about coyotes and prevention -- it is quite clear that over human history no one has yet come up with a real solution to "remove" the problem. Best best is to get a fence and a BIG dog. And don't let the little ones (i.e., pets or kids) outside unattended if you are coyote country.

Anonymous said...

No, I agree it's a problem. We cannot eradicate them and we do our best to live with them. But they are a danger to our children and pets. I think there are animal catchers that are able to catch and remove coyotes. The population of coyotes is increasing so we can start by moving them to a habitat that's more wild.

Anonymous said...

When you start killing them off they just multiply at a more rapid rate.

Anonymous said...

our dog was killed on Christmas day by a coyote. we were out of town and our housekeeper let him out at 6 am. we live on the bel air golf course. please take note of this so it doesn't happen to anyone else.

any suggestions on how to prevent them from coming back again?