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.
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