Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Echo Park coyote rises above the rest

Rooftop coyote | Yolanda Seabourne

eastside animals button smallECHO PARK — Apparently coyotes are not afraid of heights. On Sunday morning, Yolanda Seabourne walked into her backyard and found a coyote sitting in the branches of an Angel’s Trumpet tree. The  the animal then fled to the rooftop of a neighboring home near Sunset Boulevard and Rosemont Avenue.

“I would never expect to see one in my backyard because they would have to leap a high fence,” Seabourne said in an email. “But I think this one has been traveling by rooftops and leapt onto the fence and stepped into the tree branches. My cat is staying in from now on.”

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  1. I’ve seen coyotes easily leap and bound over standard 6 ft. fences and walls. First time I’ve seen one make the leap to rooftops, though(?!) but I’m not surprised. They don’t disregard ANY opening or cue that might result in food or shelter. They’ve been pretty active in my neck of the woods (hills above and around the 2). Rallying yip and howls every morning between 3am and 5am before they presumably reunite and check-in for the day. The best thing for coyotes is to be utterly terrified of humans and any human contact. Climbing trees and hopping roofs in residential neighborhoods is the opposite of that goal. Accordingly, I’ve prepared by purchasing a brand new wrist-rocket slingshot and paying attention to the barking of neighbor’s dogs. You can always tell when they’re reacting to a raccoon, possum, skunk, or other “wildlife” including coyotes. If they actually make it to my street or yard a stinging pellet will alert them that they’ve prowled to close for everyone’s comfort.

    • Time to cull the population.

      • Not what I meant at all. Instead it’s time to educate the coyote population. They need to learn that proximity to humans will only result in stinging (or worse) encounters for them. Coyotes are the opposite of stupid. They will easily learn to avoid stinging (or worse!) encounters with humans.

  2. Stop feeding them!

  3. Local TNR groups are leaving food out for feral cats in the area. My boyfriend who lives near here has seen the coyote and has confronted people leaving food in his alley for the cats – on two separate occasions. They have no regard for the neighborhood as both people admitted to not living there. They don’t understand they’re actions are attracting larger, more dangerous animals.

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