What wildlife scientists learned about Elysian Park and Silver Lake coyotes

Coyote on the streets of Echo Park | Courtesy National Park Service

Numerous coyotes were removed from Elysian Park last year after a reported attack. But other coyotes soon began to roam across the park to fill the void. In Silver Lake, a coyote was brazen enough to have several “run-ins” with dogs being accompanied by humans. These were some of the observations and insights gathered during the first year of a study of urban coyotes in Los Angeles, according to KPCC.

Justin Brown with the National Park Service headed the study that tracked coyotes, including several of the animals in the Echo Park and Silver Lake area.  The study, according to KPCC, showed what happened when numerous coyotes were removed from Elysian Park last year:

“Almost immediately, a young, female coyote named C-146 that had roamed exclusively along the L.A. River began showing up in the park. ‘If all the coyotes were there, that never would’ve happened. Coyotes are very territorial,’ Brown said. Even C-144, an alpha female with an established territory, came across the 101 freeway to check it out.”

In Silver Lake, Brown noted the aggressive behavior of a female coyote:

“The third coyote that Brown tracked for several months, C-145, is a male living in Silver Lake. Its mate has had several run-ins with neighborhood dogs. Brown said she will sneak up on dogs and nip at their hind legs – even while they’re being walked on a leash. After a Silver Lake resident let biologists install a camera trap in their backyard, biologists discovered the reason for the coyote’s aggressive behavior: she had a litter of pups she was trying to protect.”

The urban coyote study is expected to last at least two more years.

Coyote pup | National Park Service

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  1. We’re on the SE corner of the reservoir up on one of the highest streets and we have had a major increase in sightings this past year including those of full families.

  2. We’ve had a number of Bobcat sightings up here in Elysian Park, which is amazing. It’s been years since they’ve been here! Nature, what a wonderful problem to have!


  3. Time to hand out the condoms to the coyotes and bobcats. Or, let them eat YOUR dog or cat.

    • Keep your pets in doors…I have live in Echo park for 20 yrs I never had a problem with coyotes I have 2 small dogs plus one cat.. after sunset dogs and cats stay in doors… simple solution….. be responsible owner stop complening so much, coyotes belong here too…

  4. Paul Michael Neuman

    On Thursday night, July 21, the Northeast Silver Lake Neighborhood Watch is holding a free community meeting, anyone is welcome, and most of the evening will be devoted to the topic of coyotes, so this might be a fine opportunity to hear and say more on the topic. An Animal Services wildlife officer and a representative of the National Park Service will make a presentation and there will be Q&A. The meeting will start at approximately 6:15 and will likely end around 8:15-8:30. It is going to be held at St. Teresa of Avila School, 2215 Fargo Street in Silver Lake, in the outside lunch area, weather permitting.

  5. Has anyone graphed the supposed huge increase in coyote sightings with the long term real estate boom/bust cycles? Never mind that this is time of year when coyote pups need more to eat, so the adults are scavenging/hunting more.

    Everyone blames the drought, but I think it has more to do with newcomers and their bad habits with leaving trash cans open. And before everyone jumps on me – look at the commercial districts in addition to schools/rec center trash areas. Are their trash bins closed at all times? We have so many new restaurants and bars in areas producing lots of food smells and waste. That attracts all sorts of urban wildlife – rats, skunks, raccoons, opossums – not just coyotes.

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