Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Coyote Task Force At Work: The Bel-Air Association Needs Your Help

Dear Bel-Air Neighbor:

I hope this letter finds you well and enjoying the summer with your families and friends!

I am writing you today to share that the Bel-Air community is experiencing an alarming escalation of coyote sightings and attacks. I am asking the assistance of residents living in Bel-Air to join us in reporting past and current incidents of coyote sightings and attacks in our area.

The most valuable information we need to gather to combat this problem are date, time and location of the incident and any additional details that would describe the situation.

The Bel-Air Association is already creating a log that compiles activities from January 1, 2009 - present. Our point of contact for this project is Jamie. She can be reached at (310) 600-5882 or via email at coyotereport@hotmail.com. Jamie has kindly offered to gather the necessary data as an integral member of the Bel-Air Association Coyote Task Force.

Since the beginning of this year, the Association has received an alarming number of disturbing reports in regard to coyotes. The most recent include a beloved dog that was snatched by a coyote in front of the owner’s eyes in the late afternoon and a coyote trying to break into a home through a window. We have also noticed a serious trend in increased aggression and lack of fear in these animals creating an important safety concern for all of us. In addition to our pets being attacked, it is extremely important to consider small children being at risk of similar attacks. Please take the necessary precautions to protect your pets and families.

I appreciate your assistance in reporting this information so that we can better address this critical safety concern as a combined neighborhood effort! The City of Los Angeles has an ordinance in place to not feed coyotes. The description of this ordinance can be found on the LA City website at www.lacity.org. Then, search for L.A.M.C. Sec. 53.06.5.

Below are some important steps that can be taken to address this issue:

•Report all sightings and attacks to the Bel-Air Association Coyote Task Force.
•Do not leave pet food or water bowls outside if your pets are not outdoors.
•Put all trash bags inside the trash cans and keep all outdoor trash can lids securely fastened.
•Place trash bins inside sheds, garages or other enclosed structures.
•Do not set your trash out until your scheduled day of pick-up.
•Spray ammonia in your trash can several times a week to cut odor of any food.

As a reminder, the Bel-Air Association blog is located online at www.belaironline.blogspot.com and is an informative resource for our community every day.

All the best,

Paulette M. DuBey
Executive Director