The Bel-Air Association Coyote Task Force
Coyote Log Update - August 27, 2010
Prepared by Team Member Jamie Meyer
Dear Bel-Air Residents and Neighbors:
Thank you for taking the time and effort in reporting coyote sightings and attacks in our community. In response to our August 6, 2010 letter requesting homeowners to notify us of these incidences, we have received over 70 reports, 61 of which have taken place from June 1, 2010 to date. This includes 22 reports of occurrences happening in the last few weeks alone. Here is the data we have collected so far - "UPDATED - 8.24.10 - Bel-Air Association Coyote Sighting Log" (https://sites.google.com/site/belaironline/documents-for-download).
We are certain that there are far more incidences than what is reflected in this report and we need EVERYONE to help us with this challenge we now face in our neighborhood. Please distribute our letter - "LETTER - Bel-Air Association Coyote Task Force Letter (Requesting Sightings To Be Reported)" (https://sites.google.com/site/belaironline/documents-for-download) and make sure everyone in your area is notifying us of all activity. This reporting is critical in our first step to being able to put forward the most forceful case to the appropriate authorities and city officials to begin to take action to eradicate this escalating problem.
As we have indicated before, the coyotes in our neighborhood are becoming much more aggressive and prevalent at all times of the day and night. Included below are several links to recent articles in other areas where coyotes have attacked children and even killed a woman obviously we do NOT want this happening in our community!!
It is imperative that we all work together and address this alarming trend to protect our children and pets. Please see below for additional information.
Seven attacks/attempted attacks on children in Chino, California: click on link: http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/32904
A 12-year-old girl attacked by a coyote: click on link: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/3647
Three coyote attacks on children in one week in Southern California: click on link: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/rash-of-coyote-attacks-on-southern-california-toddlers.html
A coyote attack on 6 year old girl, wounds on her neck and torso: click on this link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38015001
A video of a woman who was attacked by a coyote: click on this link: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/station/as-seen%20on/Coyote_Attack_in_Westchester_County_Prompts_Search_New_York.html
A 19-year-old woman was tragically killed by two coyotes: click on this link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/oct/29/folk-singer-coyote-attack-canada
Coyotes killed two dogs and hurt two people in Orange County http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-oc-coyote-attacks,0,7326502.story