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Community Alert: Coyote Attack?

A neighboring Valley Village resident recounts her experience with an apparent coyote attack.

[The following is a firsthand account from Valley Village resident Laura Chambers of an apparent coyote attack.]

Early Monday morning, September 23, as I was walking to my local gym down the 12300 block of La Maida Street in Valley Village, I noticed what looked like a ripped-apart stuffed animal on my next door neighbor's lawn. I am a bit squeamish with road kill, so I called another neighbor to come outside and check it out. She instantly recognized it as Sunshine, a third neighbor's missing cat. This 16 year-old tabby had been the family pet since it was a kitten and the task of letting her owner know that it had been found in such a state was no easy task.

It certainly looked like it had been eviscerated by a wild animal, although how no one on the street heard it happen is a bit amazing. The carcass had been ripped open and there was fur all over the lawn like so much stuffing. I am not sure exactly when it happened, although I had walked my dogs the night before at around 11 p.m. and it was not there then. By the time it was discovered on Monday, the flies were already buzzing.

I have been telling everyone I see while walking their dogs about the mauling and I was told by one of those folks that they heard another cat had been killed two streets over a few weeks ago. That's why I wanted to get the word out about this.

As documented on Patch over recent months, coyote sightings in Sherman Oaks and Studio City have increased dramatically. Make sure your pets are secure overnight and in a place where they can not be reached by coyotes. 

Do you have a story similar to Laura's? Want to put the word out about an attack or sighting in your neighborhood? Tell us in comments. 

Ann September 26, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I was walking in Baboa park. Two coyotes came out and chased my dog and I for about 20 feet. They were really barking at us. I have seen coyotes before but they usually run when they see you. I was scared!!!! I Have never ran so fast. I saw on a news station to carry an umbrella and open and close it to scare them off.
Irene Gibson September 26, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Are you sure they were coyote? Coyote don't usually bark. Those we see are quietly going their way, usually and we do the same. It's a good idea to become as LARGE as possible. If your dog is on a leash, you have a larger presence than if you were each alone. Better yet, walk with someone else. In any case it's not a good idea to run, because that is an invitation to be chased.....it is also best to avoid being alone.
Judith Forman September 30, 2012 at 07:13 PM
My husband saw a coyote in front of our house in the 5800 block of Burnet Ave. around 5 a.m. today. It was alone, and he chased it down the block.

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