Coyote attacks increase in Los Angeles as urbanization continues
Coyote attacks are increasing Los Angeles as urbanization continues and more and more animals lose their natural habitat.
As more apartment complexes and office buildings are built, animals in Los Angeles have fewer places to live and roam. Over the past year, Los Angeles has seen an increase in coyote attacks, Saurabh reports.
“Be very careful hiking with your dog here in Griffith Park,” says actor Travis Van Winkle, whose dog was recently attacked earlier this year. “Two coyotes came after her. One nearly got her leg. I had to race down the mountain screaming at the top of my lungs.
In September 2021, a woman rescued her chihuahua after a coyote dragged it off the porch of her home. In July 2021, a woman was attacked by a coyote while tending to her horses.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says coyotes play a major role in our ecosystem by maintaining rodent populations. He points out that even though coyotes are afraid of humans, they will rummage through food and human waste.
The department recommends a variety of safety precautions, including: not feeding or trying to tame coyotes, not leaving small pets or animals alone, not leaving food outdoors, and removing sources of water, especially in dry climates.