HANCOCK PARK (CBSLA.com) — City officials were considering a plan to ask wildlife experts to help with a growing coyote presence in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood.
KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports the move comes after a dog belonging to a resident in Hancock Park was killed by a wandering coyote.
The latest attack occurred Monday night in front of the home of Kathy White at their home at 6th and Wilshire around 8:45 p.m., according to reports.
White’s tiny Brussels Griffon, Jack, was grabbed in the front yard of the family’s home as they were taking their Christmas tree inside.
“Apparently, a coyote was in my yard and swiped my dog without a sound,” White said.
Residents chased the coyote two blocks away before it dropped the mortally injured dog.
Two other sightings were reported on South Irving and Norton Avenue on the same night, according to the Windsor Square Association.
Neighbors said the coyote had been spotted in the area over the last two weeks, but the attack was the first to be reported.
City Councilman Tom LaBonge wants wildlife experts to intervene either with advice for residents or to trap and relocate the animal before it can do any further harm.
Residents were urged to keep pets and small children inside during the early evening hours.
Any local coyote sightings should be reported to the West L.A. Animal Shelter at (323) 225-9453.