Injured Coyote Sighted at Loma Alta Wash

An Altadena local shared Thursday night that an injured coyote who did not display fear of people was in his driveway and in the neighborhood. Have you seen a coyote or other potentially dangerous wildlife?

An Altadena resident shared the following wildlife sighting in a Chaney Trail Yahoo group Thursday after 5 p.m. Have you seen a coyote fitting this description in your neighborhood?

A lone injured coyote was JUST now in our driveway on E Loma Alta. We chased it out and it went down into the Loma Alta Wash, where my neighbor tells me she's been seeing this one hang around there the last few weeks. I did not see it myself, but the neighbor (who was walking past at the time it was in my driveway), other walkers on the street, and one of my kids who saw it all said that it is injured/walking on three legs. This coyote was not showing any fear for the several people that were on the street.

As we all know, injured animals are even more dangerous, and though LA Animal Control previously told me that they deal with injured wildlife, after putting in a call to them about this coyote,now they are telling me that they only deal with *immobile* injured wildlife. The man on the phone also said that they wouldn't come out in part now because it's getting dark. They also acknowledged that an injured coyote is likely looking for the super easy pickings right now.

Anyway, anyone in the vicinity of Upper Fair Oaks, E Loma Alta near Fair Oaks/Wapello, Taos, Holly Slope etc etc should keep an eye out right now!!!

Sarkis January 13, 2013 at 05:31 PM
An injured Coyote fitting the description in the posting (walking on the legs) is s regular sighting for us in the area of Altadena & Ganesha and Maiden Ln. and Beverly. I think I've seen him in that condition for a couple if months now but always in the dark and not during the day.
Patrizzi Intergalactica January 13, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Please contact the Los Angeles Animal Services Wildlife program. http://www.laanimalservices.com/About_Animals/Wildlife.htm or call 1 888 452 7381
Patrizzi Intergalactica January 13, 2013 at 07:02 PM
from the above organization::: The Los Angeles Department of Animal Services has a Wildlife Division to aid residents in rectifying problems and some of the uneasiness that many people are now facing with wildlife. This program allows for a department representative to provide on-site evaluations, education on methods of exclusion, deterrents and discouragement of wildlife forays into our city neighborhoods. It is not the intention of the Department of Animal Services to remove wildlife from residential areas. Rather, the Department is hoping to rectify most problems through neighborhood education and individual homeowner attention. This is a multi-tiered program designed to help neighborhoods better deal with wildlife issues, and further lessen contact with these animals by investigating changes in both human and wildlife behavior General Information: Urban Wildlife & Conflicts are very common. Learn about these animals, They are not bad, evil, or seeking to steal children. Education is key to making for better Encounters with Wildlife.
Revvell January 13, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Uhhhh... what's the issue? Some of us have seen a coyote running on 3 legs. I'm actually surprised it's surviving (if it's the same one) since chasing critters must be difficult for it. For me? No reason to call any services. I just leave them alone; they leave me alone. I'm more concerned about domestic dogs here than wild animals.
Dan Crandell January 13, 2013 at 09:05 PM
The coyote's we've seen over in Monrovia are nasty looking. Like they been put through a washing machine without water. Even the young deer out run them. Our dogs keep the backyard safe but when the grand kids are out front I keep my eyes on my prize.
Nancy Steele January 13, 2013 at 09:15 PM
When you live in the wildland-urban interface, you can expect to see wildlife like coyotes. My attitude is that we are sharing the foothills with them and so I try to be respectful and stay aware. I don't leave food out that might attract them (this includes my cat) but otherwise I leave them alone. The last coyote I saw on my street didn't act afraid either, and when I passed by (in my car) he crossed the road behind me to continue on his way. I figure it's not so different than meeting a neighbor who speaks a language I don't speak. Smile, give them space, and move on.
Mike January 13, 2013 at 11:36 PM
I watched one running down the street and then make a quick right into somebody's front yard then within a few seconds was back in the street again but with a cat in it's mouth. It took less then 5 seconds to catch the cat kill it and keep running.
not Carl Peterson lll January 14, 2013 at 12:19 AM
The coyote population is growing....IN URBAN AREAS... NOT THE MOUNTAINS. They thrive much better in town. OUR TOWN. I run in various mountain trails around here five days a week. I don't remember the last time I saw a coyote actually in the mountains. However I have heard the sound and seen thewm eat my cats for dinner. They also do very well in Griffith park. The coyotes are coming into our yards and now we can not have outside pets so that the coyotes can have free range!!!!!!!!!! B.S....... Well guess what. I am also a product of nature. So I should at least get as much freedom as a coyote. It comes near my yard or pets, Its dead meat baby. That is my nature, to protect those close to me. You want the laws of nature in my yard? I will do what is natural for me as well. Now lets all grab hands and sing......"We are the world...we are ....."
not Carl Peterson lll January 14, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Revvell January 14, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Yeah, do that Jesus and see if your bullets go through to another yard and kill a child. Pretty sure the coyote is not going to be standing still waiting for its execution. Can I say idjit?
not Carl Peterson lll January 14, 2013 at 01:23 AM
yeah, because, after all..." coyotes are people too...."
Reiu K January 14, 2013 at 02:38 AM
The coyote won't be able to hunt for food because it's injured. The humane thing to do is put it to sleep. it would have to depend more on availability for food in trash cans and possibly pets left outside. It might be so vulnerable that it might be harmed by locals if trapped in a yard.
Justdownthestreet January 14, 2013 at 02:55 AM
Our biggest concern should be the San Andreas that sits in our back yard not a coyote looking for food.
Revvell January 14, 2013 at 04:01 AM
Well yeah but, unless you've got him cornered no dept. is going to come out in hopes of seeing it.
Revvell January 14, 2013 at 04:02 AM
And what do you think we should do about that?
Dan Crandell January 14, 2013 at 04:32 AM
AKA Marty. You got it happening for yourself my friend. Never a bashful comment. Stay cool my brother.
Susan Sampson January 14, 2013 at 05:22 AM
Last time I looked out my front door up here in Altadena, we were on the edge of the National Forest. That means wildlife in our neighborhood, including coyotes. We keep our kitties inside where they are safe. And, while we're at it, we're protecting our native birds, small mammals and reptiles from being killed by our cat. We may not have anything to worry about in a few years anyway. Our local predators including coyotes, owls, hawks, bobcats and mountain lions are being poisoned from eating poisoned rats. It's not a pretty death, from slow hemorrhaging, or, in the case of the coyotes, compromised immune systems and terrible mange resulting in death.
Dan Crandell January 14, 2013 at 05:37 AM
@ Susan Explains why the local coyotes look so bad. I quit using rat poison several years ago for that very reason. Thanks
not Carl Peterson lll January 14, 2013 at 06:49 AM
Well...I kinda love/hate it when I assume to know both sides, and make an argument for both, but let me try. SIDE A Extreme: The status of nature is fine. stop infringing on our rights. I will build where I want. It's my property. "Don't tread on me, tree hugging hippies" SIDE A CENTRIST: Look, I love nature, and was there on the first Earthday. But it is going beyond its original ideals, and being taken to extremes by some who love animals more than people. SIDE B CENTRIST: The wilderness is still being infringed upon. We need to catch up with all the previous destruction. Why is it so hard for you not to see the harmony of all of us in the same environment? SIDE B EXTREME: People are the problem. We need a moratorium on any new developments, get the world population down to 500 million. restrict human footprints on most of the earth. viva agenda 21 !!! Am I close to the ideas of both sides centrist to extreme? If so, this is like almost every other issue, and perhaps we need to shut off the 10% of both sides, and take over our country from the jerkholes who get all the media, and cable shows.
Patrizzi Intergalactica January 14, 2013 at 05:03 PM
May the good manners that some humans cultivate multiply and inspire to change the rest of us.
Marialyce Pedersen January 14, 2013 at 09:54 PM
On December 22nd, at about 11:30 a.m., I was driving down Santa Anita Avenue. Just below Altadena Drive, I noticed a bedraggled coyote running up the street--in the direction of my house. I turned around so I could protect my cats--I keep 3 indoors only for fear of them, but have 3 outdoor cats that I feed. I honked my horn a couple of times to get him to move more quickly up the hill, but that caused him to run INTO other yards--first a neighbor's, and then my own, much to my horror. I noticed that he was very thin, with lots of bare patches in his coat--like he had mange or was otherwise ill. I wasn't sure if I should exit my car to frighten him away or if that might put me in danger. Luckily, another neighbor drove past, and he soon ran off, back up the hill toward the mountains. While I felt sorry for him, I certainly don't want any of my pets, or anyone's, to become nutrition for this poor animal. I think he may have been out in broad daylight because he was sick and on his last leg (though I think this one had all four, not three). Wish there were enough wild bunnies in the mountains to feed these guys so they could stay in their own habitats and not travel down to residences to dine on our pets!
Dan Abendschein (Editor) January 14, 2013 at 10:26 PM
I think it is mange... I've seen them with almost no hair at all. I read more about it here: http://www.ehow.com/about_6620463_mange-coyotes.html
Susan Sampson January 14, 2013 at 10:54 PM
The coyotes are crazed from the intense itching from the mange they have, and have open sores all over their bodies now. They run as if they can escape the torment - every one I've seen lately has been running almost blindly, down the middle of the street, and through yards. We had a gorgeous pair that frequented our area (and made off with one of our hens, too - our alms to nature, we called it) and they both succumbed very quickly once they caught mange. It was awful to watch. Imagine how the coyotes suffer in this cold, too, without their fur. So have some sympathy, and keep your cats inside. And be assured that the more we try to get ride of coyotes, the more there are. It's how coyote reproductive biology works - they have larger and more frequent litters when threatened or hunted, and more of the pups survive. If left alone, the population regulates itself to actually very few coyotes per area. I will also point out that they do a great job, as do all our predators, in controlling the rodent population, so it doesn't take much to also realize that the more we poison, the more predators die, and the more rats we end up with.
yeahian January 15, 2013 at 05:46 AM
i am ninety percent sure my dog is the reason that coyote is hurt. A while back a coyote was running past me about ten feet away went into a yard... My dog was a 1/8th of a mile back but wheen i yelled coyote he came quick.Once he spotted the cat eater he flushed him out and went on the hunt. I mistakenly egged him on thinking there was no way he'd catch him. But to my surprise he did. He leaped on the coyote smashing him to the ground. The coyote went off walking with a paw in the air.I didn't think a domesticated dog ( even a rhodesian ridgeback, 1.5 yrs old) would be able to catch a coyote. I called my dog off and somewhat to my surprise he let the coyote run off without chase he did almost go after him a couple times (its his nature ) but a couple quick yells to im stopped this. So quick replys to any angry responses about this. get over it, it happened already. I feel bad for the coyote but I am pretty proud of my dog he is such a loving beast. He's great with humans small dogs big dogs and little kids my four yr old acts like a four yr old towards him though she is no longer allowed to try and ride him cause she's just too big. happy new year
Susan Sampson January 15, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Really? You are proud of inflicting pain and suffering?
yeahian January 15, 2013 at 11:35 PM
no I'm proud that my dog did what he was designed to do that he did not bite or kill the animal and camewhen i called. I'm also proud that he possibly prevented any of my neighbors cats from being killed by this coyote. We are often way out in the middle of the Sierras or local mountains during the day and night. I don't own a gun, and i feel more confident that he is there with me now I have had a few run ins with a variety of wild animals, and its not that much fun. No reason to read things wrong. best...
Patrizzi Intergalactica January 18, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Coyotes are infected by mange that has passed to them from humans to dogs and from dogs to coyotes. In humans it is called scabies... but it is the same mite. Humans have a certain degree of immunity but not animals. Coyotes can become horribly disfigured and severely weaked to the point that they become identifiable as chupacabra. Horses pass it around too. If you ride, you've probably had to treat yourself at least once to the petrolium bath.
yeahian January 20, 2013 at 08:59 AM
never knew mange was the same as scabies. When I was 19 or so this girl who lived in the same house as i and 3 or four others passed scabbies onto the whole house. Everyone was kind of embarrassed so no one talked about itfor way too long. We all just suffered and did not know why. It was like a few weeks of just for lack of a better response just pure miserable poop. It was so horrid. Poor bastards. Thanks for the info Patrizzi
Nico January 20, 2013 at 04:28 PM
"Scabies is spread by skin-to-skin contact with another person who has scabies. Pets and animals cannot spread human scabies." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001833/
Patrizzi Intergalactica January 20, 2013 at 05:25 PM
This article is not altogether accurate. The mite easily mutates as it becomes species specific but it's the same mite. This is why humans should not touch the wild ones, especially birds... our mites are mightier like everything else of human origin. http://news.discovery.com/animals/pets/chupacabra-mystery-solved.htm "Humans have likely evolved natural defenses for this mite over the years. When we began to domesticate dogs, we likely spread the mites to them. When the mites then transfer to wild dogs, such as foxes, wolves and coyotes, the victims appear to be less able to fight them off. "Whenever you have a new host-parasite association, it's pretty nasty," said OConnor, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and a curator in the U-M Museum of Zoology. "It does a lot of damage, and mortality can be relatively high because that host species has not had any evolutionary history with the parasite, so it has not been able to evolve any defenses like we have." I was trying to make the point that humans are the more dangerous creature and I didn't do that very well. Thanks.


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