Coyote-proof trash cans citywide? Councilmember Ryu asks for report

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Coyote-proof garbage cans across Los Angeles – that’s the goal of 4th District Councilmember David Ryu, who wants to hear the options for getting wildlife-resistant trash receptacles citywide.

Ryu, who represents Los Feliz and a section of Silver Lake, has filed a motion that seeks to  get a report from the Bureau of Sanitation on the matter.

“Coyotes roaming the urban, suburban, and rural parts of Los Angeles have become commonplace sights for early morning hikers and pedestrians,” Ryu states in the motion. “Wildlife experts have long advocated human practices, such as securing trash cans and removing all outdoor food and water sources at night, as the best approach to deter coyotes.”

Stories have been appearing for some time about coyotes finding their way deeper and deeper into urban Los Angeles, including animals that were tracked just in the Echo Park area and an incident last summer in which a coyote was shot to death in Silver Lake.

Tran Le, the legislative and press deputy for Councilmember Ryu, said that until a report returns to the council, Ryu’s office does not yet know what kind of coyote-resident trash cans they might look at or how much they might cost.

But some of the options suggested by the Humane Society of the United States and other sources include lids that latch and cans that are secured so they cannot be tipped over.

Barry Lank grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, then went away for a seriously long time. He has worked in TV and radio, and currently helps produce The Final Edition Radio Hour.


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  1. Not only are coyotes getting into our trash cans but there are people who are solely feeding ferral cats and leaving water and cat food out for days. Bring hidous smelling oders from the food. That endangers the feral cats,domesticated cats and other animals. It brings in the coyotes to the urban,suburban areas.

  2. Of course getting people to call in and replace their broken trashcans is a big challenge too. Anyone on a hillside street who’s been stuck behind a trash truck knows how easily the teas and break in the jaws of a hurried trash truck operator. Then there are the apartment, condo, commercial, park and school trash dumpsters left open constantly…

  3. Typo how easily they tear & break…

  4. How about inventing a trash can that doesn’t fling trash all over the street as it’s dumped into the truck? The amount of garbage in the street after trash pick up is stunning. South Pasadena has guys with brooms that follow the trucks.

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