The morning of July 30 found L.A. Animal Services officers Greg Randall and Hoag Dinh on Lucile Avenue in Silver Lake after someone reported that a coyote was eating something under some bushes. Instead, the officers found a coyote snared in a trap. In a wrenching video shot by Dinh at the scene, Randall spends several minutes trying to cut the wire snare around the coyote’s neck. The animal was eventually freed but died a week later from its injuries.
The officers learned that a resident had hired a wildlife trapper to set the trap after a “coyote vs. dog incident at the location a week prior,” Randall said in an email.
The officers posted the video on the department’s Los Angeles Animal Services Wildlife Program Facebook page. It’s a graphic and difficult to watch but the video was published to “hopefully educate and remove this method of trapping in Los Angeles in the future,” Randall said. He added the person who hired the trapper was also shocked:
The reaction from the property owner who hired the trapper was horror. Had it been known what would have happened to the coyote the trapper would never have hired to begin with. The property owner fired the trapper that day. In addition, those who have viewed the video are in agreement thus far that this is something that should not be allowed.
- Wildlife Trapping Laws, Regulations & Policies City of Los Angeles & State of California
- Official Los Angeles Animal Services Wildlife Page
The Animal Services Department advises that no one under the age of 18 should watch the video. The video describes the location as Echo Park but Lucile Avenue is located in Silver Lake.