When Deanna Duran moved to Echo Park seven years ago, a kitten named Flash was part of her new home. Recently, however, Flash went missing and Deana and her boyfriend launched a search, posting flyers on telephone poles and notices on the web. That search ended last week with the gruesome discovery that a neighborhood had found Flash’s leg in the middle of the street. Duran and her neighbors near Avalon Street and Preston Avenue assume Flash fell prey to a coyote. After noticing numerous other missing cat and dog flyers nearby, Duran wants to warn her neighbors to take extra care of their small pets:
I‘ve lived in this neighborhood about 7 years and have never seen so many “missing posters” around. After talking to some people around here people have seen up to 5 coyotes roaming around at night looking for prey- our cats! I myself have seen 3 right in front of my house. We talked to the wild life ranger at Lacy street animal shelter and he did confirm indeed there is a problem with coyotes on our area and has instructed us what to do.
I am sure that these little animals are being victimized by the coyotes, like our cat Flash. We are really sad that he is gone and want to raise an awareness to the neighborhood that they need to keep their cats and little dogs safe. Also if they do see coyotes they should do something to scare them away. Clack pots and pans together or make a loud noise to scare them, and most importantly they should report the sighting of them. I just found out that there may be a pack of 5 living right up our street on Preston and Ewing. We are going to call Lacey street tomorrow to see if they can send someone over to scope it out.
Something similar happened to the folks that live over on Baxter on the other side of Glendale Blvd. near the reservoir and the neighbors all got together and did what they could to scare them away and it worked.
Click here for advice from the L.A. Department of Animal Services on how to protect your pets from coyotes.