Silver Lake block on coyote alert

Elysian Park coyote

Erin Yasgar of Silver Lake said that two dogs have recently been killed by a pack of coyotes that are believed to live on a ridge between Occidental Boulevard and Angelus street north of Sunset Boulevard. One dog was killed Thursday and another  last week. A third dog was attacked but survived. The “tough little pug got away,” said Yasgar. “That’s what we know of on our block.”  Yasgar and other neighbors suspect the coyotes are living in some overgrown backyards and are asking for help in getting them cleared:

There are 3 houses with no tenants –  2 on Angelus, one on Occidental. They have overgrown yards – and not all people on Angelus take care of the bottom of their backyards since it’s not part of their usable yard – with all the rain it’s a jungle back there … One neighbor is calling [Councilman Eric Garcetti’s office] and one other is going to Fire Dept. about the brush.

Yasgar said she has noticed “tons of missing dog signs” posted at corner of Silver Lake Boulevard and Reservoir Street.

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  1. I live on Allesandro and Berkeley and have been seeing them on my street a lot lately. I usually walk my dog to the bottom of the stairs to let her potty – good thing I took a peek first, had I not looked we would have walked right into a pack of 6.

  2. We’ve even seen/heard them over by Fargo and Echo Park Ave in the wee hours of the morning, seems like they’re running out of places to live!

  3. I was walking my dog on W. Silver Lake Drive/Westerly Terrance area around 7pm on Saturday and saw a coyote run down W. Silver Lake Drive, behind the rec center and then gradually make it’s way into a yard near Resevoir/LA Mill. The coyote seemed extremely agitated but didn’t take an interest in any of the dogs walking in the area at that time.

  4. The coyotes are getting more daring.. I see them almost all the time now. Once even saw one during the day on my street.
    I hope these dogs aren’t being taken from back yards, because it should be common sense that you should not leave small dogs out once the sun even STARTS setting.
    I’ve lived in areas with coyotes before so I am a little familiar with what to do if you see one, but I wonder if the eastsider might post a little something for those that don’t know (ie: don’t run away if you see ONE, but walk towards them…)

  5. I’ve seen a lone coyote on a residential street near the SL reservoir just walking along the sidewalk like it was any other dog, minding his own business. I was a little off-put by his confidence. I live over by the 2 and have heard coyotes attack animals. It’s a horrific sound I hope to never hear again.

  6. In answer to Steph’s request, the LA Department of Animal Services has a page with good info devoted to dealing with coyotes:


    I call the now-open northwest edge of the front yard behind our garage “coyote corner” after discovering a pair living there in the long-untouched extremely dense overgrowth for who knows how long until I discovered them, chased them out and then wasted no time clearing out their den.

  7. Folks who live in this area should be reminded that even if they feel as though their cats would be happiest being allowed to roam free and they trust them to return home safe and avoid the cars, coyotes are another story. Our backyard has various well-groomed cats paying a visit to our bachelorette cat by her window and while I don’t mind that at all, I worry about them. I’ve seen a few missing cat signs as well along Silver Lake Blvd.

  8. We had an attack on a dog over here in Montecito Heights too and I have seen coyote pups walking down the middle of the street.

  9. Steph/Anthony – all of these attacks have taken place during the day. this is a very aggressive pack living right behind houses with children and pets. there is almost a dog in every yard on the street. they are coming over the fences. saw one jump into my yard from a neighbor’s yard. i’ve been here almost 8 years and have seen them here and there. this is a very different experience. they are hunting in our yards…

  10. I’m pretty sure they migrated up the back side of the hill from the Resevoir. This all started once the meadow was cleared…they ARE running out of places to live.

  11. And the hysteria begins…

  12. This is indeed a very scary situation for pet owners. The Pomeranian that was killed on n occidental was attacked at 1 in the afternoon next to it’s owner who was sunning herself in her backyard. One neighbor said a coyote was prowling on her roof all night and only left after she scared it away. Presumably the same one was lounging in our backyard. He also tore up our pillows on the outdoor chaise. We have 3 little dogs and a pit bull next door. These coyotes are bold! What to do? Do we have to wait for a child to be attacked before animal control takes action?

  13. Why should dogs be higher on a hierarchy than coyotes?
    coyotes are:
    innocently wild–instinctual creatures who used to have a vast habitat here and are simply trying to stay alive, and live.
    Dogs are:
    bred for domestic companionship. Useless at feeding themselves. Make a gratuitous amount of noise, not to mention that they cause serious land erosion in Elysian Park.
    Why should there not be jungly areas in people’s back yards? The tone here makes it seem as if coyotes are outlaws squatting where they have no right to. They are not ontologically guilty for simply existing. They have a right to exist. If you don’t want your dog eaten, keep on eye on your dog.

  14. All coyotes should die. Their parasitic existence is no longer serves any useful purpose, particularly in an urban environment.

  15. Good to know we’ve got “Dog Lover” around to decide what animals are “useful.”

  16. True Men Don’t Kill Coyotes.

  17. I’d rather listen to the melodic, mysterious howl of a coyote than the staccato bark of a dog any day. Furthermore, I’ve been hiking for years, and I’ve never had a coyote come running up to me and start barking aggressively; can’t say that about dogs. I’m willing to bet that mail carriers have less of a problem with coyote attacks than with dogs. All in all, it seems a lot easier to coexist with coyotes than with dogs and their often-irrational, fiercely-protective owners.

  18. “Dog_Lover May 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm
    All coyotes should die. Their parasitic existence is no longer serves any useful purpose, particularly in an urban environment.”

    you are so delusional.

    our back yard is right up against the park. we practically live in the middle of Elysian Park and we’ve learned to live with all of our four legged neighbors. be careful what you say, or the coyote spirit will pay you a visit. them or PETA.

  19. If the ill will Dog-Lover (whose name is ironic given that coyotes — canis latrans — are in the same genus as any domesticated dog) exhibits comes from having lost a beloved pet to a coyote, I might understand such a rabidly hateful bias, but I’ll never accept it. Yet, instead of attacking such ignorance I’ll respectfully invite Dog-Lover to read the amazing recent article in Audobon magazine (link below) that not only demonstrates the benefit coyotes have serving to restore balance to out-of-whack food chains — especially those in urban environments. But also that coyotes are an icon of success and defiance of humans who think they can control nature:


  20. pretty harsh dog_lover (and will campbell is right). this got me thinking though: exactly what useful purpose do people serve?

    i couldn’t think of anything either.

  21. thank you will campbell for the audobon mag. limk.
    we have chosen to live in the hills, maybe dog_lover should move
    to the flatlands somewhere.

  22. Coming back around 1AM last night, we saw about 5 of them at the corner of Berkeley and Allesandro. Although I see them every once in a while, I had never seen so many together at any other point.

  23. A dingo ate my baby!

  24. silver lake militia

    There as apparently a coyote attack on a dog (who escaped) on the other side of the hill over here. Griffith Park/Effie. I knew they’d be here too.

    Dog Lover eat shit.

  25. Please report all these Coyote issues to Mr. Garcetti and his fine staff, they opened the Meadow and chased them out of their home, didn’t even let their pups mature just went in and bulldozed their dens and caused adult female to abandon their young and if they did survive they moved out to the mean street of Silver Lake and adjoining neighborhood. Once again due to the lack of concern of our councilman Mr. Garcetti and his staff regarding issues of nature in our neighborhood these problems exist.

  26. @natureboy.com

    Your website is creepy. Like pedophile creepy.

  27. At work today, coworkers who live in Pasadena, Sylmar, Glendale, Burbank and the Hollywood Hills discussed coyote sightings, etc. I guess they all came from the “wilderness” that is the concrete tub of the Silver Lake Reservoir and the Meadow. I feel badly that I’ve been cautious with my pets here in Silver Lake for all those years before the Meadow “wilderness” was razed. We should all write Councilman Garcetti and ask him to please somehow end coyote access to time machines that let coyotes go back in time and roam the streets of Silver Lake before the Reservoir was opened to the public. Then we should thank him for giving the community more shared open space and not following the advice of the NIMBYS, who by the way need to get some talking points that actually make sense. Or at least are in line with any significant portion of the community. They need to stop taking lessons in logic and tactics from the Tea Party.

  28. The LA Animal Services link provided above is outdated; current one is

  29. Concerned steakholder

    Freud Sat Nam Everyone has a voice in my community and when you refer to “in line with any significant portion of the community” – Please remember what country you live and every voice counts –
    U need to stop taking lessons in logic and tactics from the Taliban.

  30. This notion that there is an uptick in cyote attacks because they were kicked out of the meadow makes no sense whatsoever. The coyotes attack pets whether they live in the meadow or not … because there is no food for them in the meadow! They have been hunting prey for years and years, not just the past year. Oy.

  31. Steakholder, you’re right. Even nonsensical NIMBYS ranting should have a voice. And we should listen to them. Absolutely. You’re right. They been so effective at being useless pains in the ass so far. Why stop them now? Parking, traffic, crowds, private park please, development, blue herons, coyotes, dogs in the Meadow please when we didnt want people there in the first place, danger, criminals, calling the cops to ticket minivans in the lot on a weekend morning. Yeah, what great dialogue they’ve brought to the conversation.

  32. SAVE THE DATE: Public Stoning in Meadow of any persons who have different ideas about public space than anti-NIMBYS – please note this Public Stoning includes anyone who love nature, hates trash, and has concerns about safety issues in their neighborhood.

  33. Hurling terrorism labels when holes are blown through your arguments and flawed reasoning. Very Sarah Palin.

  34. If you want to live in “rural” Elysian Park, or anywhere else where urban sprawl seeps into nature (Griffith Park, Topanga etc.) you should expect to be weary of such things as Raccoons the size of pit bulls living in your recycling can, stray cats that pee and spray and fight on your front porch, opossums as fierce as said cats and yes, coyotes that will snatch up your pomeranian in broad day light. At least youre not in the wild mountainous suburbs where bob cats eat your kids.

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