September 13, 2011--
An abandoned, burned-out house in Glendale has become refuge for a pack of coyotes. Residents and officials are rightfully concerned and have suggested setting traps to catch the wild squatters, reported in laist.com.
Meanwhile, the Glendale residents in the prosperous Southern California neighborhood are urging authorities not to trap and kill the animals.
The coyotes took up residence in a home that was gutted by a fire last fall, and have since given birth to a litter of pups. Homeowners say the canines have been showing up almost daily to lounge in their yards and refuse to be scared away.
After surveying the situation, the County of Los Angeles Department of Agriculture does not feel that trapping the coyotes is necessary at this time. "If the property is tended to as we understand is currently planned, it is likely the coyotes will leave the property without a problem," said Public Information Officer Ken Pellman in a statement released earlier today.
In order to protect both humans and domestic animals, area residents should maintain their properties so as to not attract wildlife or encourage wildlife to depend on humans. The coyotes must remain wild, and the ecosystem depends on this natural pattern.
Why Are Coyotes Visiting Urban Areas?
In Texas coyotes attempting to co-habitat with humans has been an ongoing problem for years, and their situation is probably not much different than what the Glendale California residents are witnessing now. One cause of coyote confrontations with people might be attributed to the rapid expansion and development of suburban areas which encroach on more traditional coyote habitat.
Sightings and reports of animals have been up to several miles inside the city limits of older, established neighborhoods. An example would be the reported activities in the city of Westover Hills, an affluent community surrounded by the city of Fort Worth. There is no recent tract or property development, but coyotes have existed for several years in the area.
Coyotes niche in California
Coyotes are indigenous to California and are one of the three different types of wild dogs found in North America.
Humans are the coyote’s chief enemy. It has been estimated that 30 to 50 percent of all adult coyotes die each year from human-related causes.
Coyotes help to keep the balance of nature in order. Education is the solution to our coexistence.
Coyotes contribute many beneficial aspects to our ecosystem as they are helpful to farmers, ranchers, gardeners and home owners. Coyotes kill destructive, vegetation eating rodents as they are 80% of a coyotes diet. Natural rodent control is always preferable to man made poisons and inhumane traps. Coyotes also eat insects and have saved many farms from insect invasions.
Native Americans Revere the Coyote as a Protector
This is a Native American coyote tantra whose meaning reaches across time to the people of Glendale and their coyote neighbors living in the burned out house.
Old Creator summed them
To his tipi in the center of clouds to help
Him plan world. There are many arguments;
But they decided to make all rivers
Flow in one direction; and there should be
Bends in the rivers so eddies would enable
Fish to stop and rest.
They placed beasts in forests—human beings
Would have to keep out of their way; humans
Were not allowed to live forever.
All food would come from the soil
Coyote wanted no responsibility
“Guard the fire.” He said
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