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The Urban Coyote Problem in Los Angeles County

By Robert G. Howell

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Extensive, urban development of hillside areas in Los Angeles County has created an undesirable human interface with coyotes (Canis latrans). Plentiful, readily available household garbage, pet foods, and water have spawned abnormal numbers of bold coyotes that have adopted residential properties and the human environment as ideal habitat. Consequently, at least six persons have been attacked, including the death of a three-year old child, during the past three years. Selective use of padded steel traps, shooting, and public education are presently being used in problem areas by the Agricultural Commissioner in an attempt to reindoctrinate these predators into returning to their natural habits.


Megan Kendall

Purdue University

Date 1982
Volume 10
Publisher Proceedings of the Tenth Vertebrate Pest Conference (1982)
Location of Publication El Monte, California
Conference Title Vertebrate Pest Conference
Date accepted 1982
Language English
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  1. Abnormal behavior
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animals in culture
  4. Coyotes
  5. pest control
  6. urban areas
  7. Wild animals