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Segment | Environment

Urban Coyotes

In southern California, coyote attacks against animals and people have been on the rise in recent years. Though not at crisis levels, this rapid increase raises important questions about how seriously to take the coyote threat. How much danger are our pets in? Should we worry about the safety of our youngest children?

We hear from state and local animal safety experts who explain why coyotes behave as they do, and how human development into their habitats has paradoxically increased the coyotes’ numbers. We’ll also see why trapping and killing coyotes may be counterproductive and find out ways we can minimize the danger and frequency of coyote attacks against our cats and dogs.


Los Angeles Animal Services
USDA Factsheet on urban coyotes
The Nature of Wildworks
Humane Society of the US - Coyote Information
Project Coyote
UC Davis Coyote page

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We have a million and one problems confronting Southern California, and your show decides to use valuable broadcast time to inform the audience that hungry coyotes eat other animals. Who in your outfit thought that was exactly breaking news? The show was about coyotes, but it was a turkey of a story.

Banking story was good, but could have been longer.


I thought the story was wonderful. Where I live we have coyotes - and I live in Huntington Beach! I always wondered about their numbers and the issue of population control. Thank you for the piece.

I thought the shows were interesting. Like a mini series of a Dateline show. I will continue watching it...I have never seen a coyote where we live but I feel for the families that have to deal with coyotes attacking their pets and/or children...

I too was quite disappointed in this episode.

In my hometown in Arizona, coyotes are considered normal, accepted and respected, unlike in Los Angeles, where, like one of your guests said, "Coyote fear is way overblown."

People should operate caution with their pets, small children, and any creature that is as small or smaller than a coyote. It's just common sense.

What's next? An episode on rattlesnakes?!

We live in an area where we are constantly on the look out for coyotes to jump over our fence and attack our small dog and/ or toddler, so I think this story was spot on and awareness needs to grow re: this issue and what the city can do to protect the residents (or neighbors with coyote dens on their property whom decide to turn a blind eye to the issue...can't be bothered) before another family pet or child is attacked.

When it gets to the point where you feel like a prisoner in your own home and have to guard your children at any time of the day from being attacked, it's gotten out of control. Yes, we can build an 10 foot fence to enclose ourselves, but who wants to feel like they're in a cage?!? In the Midwest, they have population control measurements for deer to keep the numbers in control and I'd suggest similar beofore the residents start taking action themselves (i.e. since the city won't).

The people that were interviewed were all irresponsible pet owners. I feel sorry for their pets for having lazy idiots for owners, have they not heard of leashes or keeping an eye on their pets and not just ignorantly letting a pet out knowing they leave in an area where coyotes exists. The coyotes were her long before us as well as other animals that now longer exists in this area. Coyotes adapted and learned how to survive where as the idiot complaining pet owners obviously are not intelligent enough or to lazy to do what they need to do to adapt to their environment. The coyotes are not the problem in fact the story didn't mention that the coyotes control the rodent population, a much larger portion of their food supply. If you kill off the coyotes the impact will not be good. Seriously even in Manhattan, NYC they have to deal with rats, I bet they would mind a few coyotes. Why do people not use common sense. Stop being lazy and be responsible pet owners. No wonder there are so many environmental issues when we keep destroying it for our own selfish reasons.

On a channel noted for wilderness wildlife shows, it was absorbing to see the local urban interface clash its gears against a creature which was a local legend before Europeans immigrated.
The tales of coyotes dining, or trying to, on spaniels and toddlers brought to memory an incident at the turn of the century in Sequoia National Forest, west of Kennedy Meadows:
A campground full of families with children was thrown into sudden silence by an outbreak of calls by scores of coyotes which echoed for miles across the meadow adjoining.
This continued for a minute or two until my companion, a St. Bernard named Theo, erupted in a full-throated ariosa of such force and complexity it would have humbled even Richard Wagner.
The coyotes made no sound for the rest of the night.
There would be no coyote predation incidents if all residents of tracts bordering wildlands were required by zoning laws to keep no dogs except St. Bernards.

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