Please see below a note from a Bel-Air neighbor:
As requested, I am reporting a coyote incident that took place on September 16. Our 25 pound dog was under our close supervision outside our house in the 900 block of Moraga Drive at about 10 pm on Friday night when a coyote appeared out of nowhere. We are very aware of coyotes and keep a vigilant eye out for them at all times, especial at dawn and dusk. We were on the front porch, about 3 feet away from our dog who was literally on the bottom step heading in with us. In an instant, a medium size coyote appeared about ONE foot away from her. When we shouted, it turned and fled...obviously the coyote had been lying in wait... This was a very close call and a reminder that even if you are right next to your dog a coyote will approach...
Incidentally, there are signs posted on our street for a missing maltipoo that disappeared the same night from a house just a bit further up the street, Apparently the dog has a doggy door and when the owners came home at midnight the dog was gone...
In addition to notifying our Bel-Air resources at firstname.lastname@example.org, please report ALL coyote or aggressive wildlife sightings to the below authorities. It is imperative they receive this information as it clearly depicts the serious issue facing Bel-Air and its neighboring communities.
You MUST immediately contact the West Los Angeles Animal Services at 310-207-3156 and file a Wildlife Sighting Report. If they say that they do not accept reports over the phone, say that you were told by Officer Randall (the Wildlife Officer in charge of our area) that they are supposed to accept phone reports. You would file this report whether it was a mountain lion or a coyote.
Also, please file a report with the Dept of Fish and Game at 562-596-3885.
We need to keep notifying the appropriate wildlife authorities about this serious problem that threatens human safety.
Please continue to contribute to the monitoring program by emailing all sightings email@example.com.Information is power when it comes to how we will address the coyote problem in Bel-Air & West L.A.