A Castellammare resident wrote that there has been a coyote “living in the neighborhood for a while. It has killed at least six cats.”
The resident wrote that she thought her cat was behind an impermeable fence on her “catio.”
But the coyote somehow crawled up a wire fencing and pushed through the two- by three-inch fencing.
“He grabbed my cat in several places but mostly through her ear to her neck,” the resident said. “The vets called her a miracle cat because the coyote missed major arteries and the jugular vein. They stitched her up and she is healing.”
The resident said that the coyote is still in the neighborhood – day and night, going into back yards. She took a picture of him approaching her house while she was standing in my driveway. “He approached me, turned his back and took a big dump! Then sauntered away.”
The resident called Critter Control, a company that traps wild animals and relocates them. She was told the charge to trap and remove a coyote was $1,800. But the company said they usually are not successful with coyotes.
“As I was speaking to them around 11 a.m. from my deck, the coyote came running down the street, chased by my neighbor’s dog,” the resident wrote. The coyote jumped a fence and got away.
Based on the photo, Critter Control thought it was a young coyote, with mange, and suggested the resident call L.A. City Animal Services.
The resident made the call and was told that Animal Services would only come out if the coyote was hurting humans or if the animal was hurt and not moving. “They said coyotes are protected and cannot be trapped or killed,” the resident said.
Upon the recommendation of the California Wildlife Center, the Castellammare resident also called the Department of Fish and Game, but they told her to “call Animal Services.”
The coyote, with mange, is still terrorizing residents and pets in that area.
The resident said, “Basically we are left to use deterrents and hope the sick, aggressive and hungry coyote will not hurt a child.”
(Editor’s note: The Humane Society of the United States suggests the following methods of “hazing.” *Yelling and waving your arms while approaching the coyote.
*Noisemakers: Voice, whistles, air horns, bells, “shaker” cans full of marbles or pennies, pots, lid or pie pans banged together.
*Projectiles: sticks, small rocks, cans, tennis balls or rubber balls.
*Other: hoses, water guns with vinegar water, spray bottles with vinegar water, pepper spray or bear repellent.
*NEVER run away from a coyote, because it can make a person look like prey. Instead, a person should make a loud noise or wave hands in the air to make yourself look larger.)