Aggressive Coyotes Terrorize Seniors At OC Retirement Community

 


LAGUNA WOODS (CBS) — Residents at an Orange County retirement community are on edge as aggressive coyotes have reportedly been attacking animals in the area, and even humans.

Animal services told KCAL9 that the problem is worse than they first thought. At least three coyotes have been spotted, and as officers set traps, residents are taking matters into their own hands.

Ever since Bill Azoff spotted a coyote outside his Laguna Woods neighborhood two days ago, he won’t walk his beloved pug without a golf club in tow.

“It’ll make me feel better, I feel more secure,” he said.

Laguna Beach Animal Services say a male coyote weighing about 50 pounds bit an elderly resident on the hand earlier in the week as she tried to save her small dog from the animal’s grip. The dog, however, didn’t survive.

“When people’s pets are attacked, that’s very traumatic for the individual,” said Jim Beres, spokesman for Animal Services. “We’re especially concerned when people get bit.”

Authorities said the coyotes have killed five cats and one dog. They’ve posted fliers around the community warning residents, and telling them they should carry air horns to ward the coyotes off.

On Thursday they set traps throughout the community, and warned residents of a $500 fine if they tamper with them.

Officers said the sightings are not just happening at night, but during all hours of the day.

If the traps work and catch the coyotes, officials said the animals will be examined and then rereleased into the wild, far away from the terrified neighborhood.

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  1. delrea says:

    Kill the coyote b4 it gives rabies or mames a person

  2. Talega says:

    Wonder why the coyote is wandering that far from its habitat. Or, could it be the senior center is encroaching on that habitat?

  3. Roberta says:

    In an armed society there would have been a dead coyote. There have been reports of cootes attacking children in their yards in Orange County as well. Coyotes are opportunists and will go for the easiest meal. and have no reason to fear man.

    1. ronniereagan says:

      I think you’re mixing up republicans with coyotes.

  4. Raff says:

    Hey Talega, we’re ALL encroaching the dinosaurs so what’s your point?

  5. LB says:

    OH MY GOSH!!! LAST NIGHT AT ABOUT 1:30 AM SOME STUPID COYOTE ATTACKED OUR POOR LITTLE DOG.. WE LIVE IN CARSON CALIFORNIA. CAN WE JUST KILL THE DAMN THING NEXT TIME WE SEE A COYOTE TRESPASSING??

    1. rtg says:

      They’re not trespassing, you are trespassing, they were there first.

      1. tommy1t says:

        rtg, go smear yourself with Gravy Train & lay down in a field, please.

    2. pug says:

      omg it killed my little pug too . and im wondering too what could it be . i live in carson too. im not sure when it ate my dog because i wasnt here the whole weekend i got back yesterday late at night and i woke up this morning and i go to the backyard and my dog was dead and eaten by that coyote.

  6. LB says:

    OR IF ANYBODY CAN TELL ME WHAT I CAN DO PLEASE HELP!!! BECAUSE WE HAVE A CAT, KOI FISH POUND, TURTLE LAKE, A BIRD, A RABBIT THAT IM CONCERNED ABOUT.. LUCKILY WE HEARD THE ATTACK AND SCARED THE COYOTE AWAY LAST NIGHT AND OUR POOR LITTLE DOG SUFFERED A LITTLE BITE ON HIS LEG IS AND IS AT HOME FINE NOW… WHAT SHOULD I DO?? PLEASE HELP

    1. rtg says:

      Keep your cat inside, plain old common sense. I have cats, they do not go outside, because guess what? They are prey to coyotes. So are rabbits, birds, basically anything alive smaller than the coyotes. Keeping any animals outside with predators is foolish and you’re just asking for them to be killed. Bring your critters inside and they’ll be safe. Walk your dog with a can of pepper spray in your hand. Coyotes are smart, they’ll figure out pretty quickly that your house isn’t going to provide an easy meal.

  7. dumb americans says:

    since were blaming everything on illegals now… must have been those damn illegals why coyotes are furiously coming to attack the innocent. ha.

    1. wlt says:

      Dirty mexican coyotes.

  8. John Zimmer says:

    154~1~Coyotes are just entities, as are we. “Everything is evolving, imperceptably.” This cycle has been in progress beyond thought. Nature will not be denied.
    Our “Human” species is not yet the most intelligent.
    The solution only requires that we “THIMK” about it.

    Are we restricting, in some inept way, because of faulty reasoning, evolution?
    Could it be that we have too many pets?
    Crowd control, to the microbiotic level, through genetic engineering?

    1. tnpitgal says:

      the only too many pets; are those un-neutered.

  9. LB says:

    TALK ABOUT DUMB AMERICANS …… WHATS YOUR POINT? THIS IS SERIOUS IT COULD HAVE BEEN OUR “AMERICAN” CHILDREN IN THE BACK YARD!!!

  10. John Zimmer says:

    Kill the coyotes….. Thimk!
    Poison, bullets, baited traps, “Bounty~!”
    Whatever it takes.
    Now what are we going to do about this new evolution of ecoli?
    Thimk.

  11. tiger wuuds says:

    A golf club? The heads fly off those things like nothin. Id carry a baseball bat or better yet how about a desert eagle.I can’t wait to see me a coyote!

  12. amch says:

    These are what we call Welfare coyotes. You all are providing food for them. Your small pet animals and I bet someone is feeding them in the neighborhood. Because they are “cute”. I now live in Nevada. We shoot them.

    When we lived in Pasadena 20 years ago they were a problem and yes you saw them in the daytime as well. All small animals should be kept in a night, None of my cats are outdoor cats. They all live indoors, the will even take big dogs like Roti’s & Pits. They are very good at adapting to the environment.

  13. rtg says:

    First off, cats should not be outside in the first place. Secondly, carrying a golf club, baseball bat, air horn, or pepper spray should protect your small dogs on walks. I could offer to send my raccoon serial killing mutt, who’d also gone after coyotes, but he’s now on a shock collar to protect the local wildlife and keep him from chasing what he deems prey (anything small than him is considered prey) thru the forest. I gotta wonder at all these people having wee little yippy dogs that look like dinner to coyotes in an area well know to be crawling with coyotes. Common sense goes a long way.

  14. John Zimmer says:

    Get a full licensed ccw, after taking the training, of course. Carry all the time. You would be amazed at how quickly they will dissapear after a few are shot. They learn (coyotes) very quickly.

  15. LB says:

    FIRST OFF!! REALLY!!! SOME CATS LIKE FRESH AIR NOT UNLESS YOU LIKE THE SMELL OF CAT LITTER IN YOUR HOUSE 24/7 !!! SOME PEOPLE KNOW NOTHING ABOUT COMMON SENSE OR HOW TO GIVE GOOD ADVICE FOR THAT MATTER ANOTHER POINTLESS COMMENT!!! THANKS FOR NOTHING

    1. LeeRetArmy says:

      LB you realize by letting your cat loose on the world you are also endangering wildlife your cute kitty is as predatory as the coyotes (only looks for smaller prey). Also even the most well fed cat will still hunt and kill (read up on it). Domesticated animals are the owners responsibility. Keep you cat inside and clean the litter box.

    2. BB says:

      Cats liike fresh air? Did they tell you this? If they did, it was so you’d let them out to kill birds and do their business in your neighbor’s flower beds. Indoor cats live appx 15 years. Outdoor cats live appx 3 years. If you truly love your cats keep them indoors! Someone else has suggested cleaning your catbox, so I won’t repeat that suggestion.

  16. Me! says:

    Coyotes are usually pack animals. This one may have been kicked out of the pack. I had heard that you cannot relocate a coyote… something about their territory… It must be finding food in the neighborhood. People should make sure they cannot get into their trash and keep their animals indoors.

  17. Phil says:

    You used to get between 40 and 100 bucks for a coyote hide. Thats how I, and a lot of other people made extra Christmas money. Then the bunny-huggers made wearing fur a no-no, and the money went out of it. Now the bunny-huggers are whining about being up to their elbows in coyotes. What a bunch of sheep.

  18. MMM says:

    Lets just kill everything that isn’t human, that causes us any sort of trouble! There just isn’t room on this planet for anyone but us and we are obviously by far the most important! Damn other creatures for wanting to live. living is only a human right.

  19. Sara says:

    The coyote did not “attack” the human, the woman got bit trying to save her dog. Big difference. Also, “aggressive coyotes” is misleading as it states in the article that it is just one large male that has been the culprit. Keep your cats inside (after all, they are domesticated pets), walk with a stick like Mr. Azoff does, and stop whining about “next time it could be a child” ’cause that’s not very likely in a senior community. The irresponsible reporting in this article is going to have the villagers grabbing their pitchforks!

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