Coyote Encounter on January 24th
A coyote encounter occurred this morning, January 24th at 8:15 am in the area of Snapdragon Ln. and Elderberry Dr., the old Monrovia Nursery site which is now the housing development tract for La Colina Estates. A Glendora resident was walking her mastiff on a leash when a coyote attacked the dog seemingly without reason; shortly after the initial attack, two other coyotes joined in. The coyotes were fended off by the resident who threw rocks at the three coyotes and a witness who assisted by clapping her hands and yelling at the coyotes.
The resident informed the Glendora Police Department who promptly initiated an investigation along with Inland Valley Humane Society (IVHS). The California Department of Fish & Wildlife has also been notified. Glendora PD observed the dog suffered some minor puncture wounds on his neck. He will be examined by his veterinarian and quarantined as a precaution pending results of blood tests; he is expected to make a recovery.
As a result of this incident occurring in broad daylight, with a large pet and with a human in close proximity, the City of Glendora has decided it is necessary to take reactive action. The City has contracted with a professional trapping company who will trap the coyotes and euthanize them, per State Law. The traps are designed so that they will not harm unintended wildlife. The traps will be deployed today in the area of the incident and in locations as determined by the trapping company professional opinion.
If a coyote or any wildlife is posing an imminent threat, residents are instructed to call 9-1-1. To report sightings or other information on wildlife, contact the Glendora Police Department at 626-914-8250.
As a reminder, strategies on how to live with coyotes include:
- Never feed coyotes or any other wildlife.
- Keep pets and pet food inside. If feeding outside, feed pets during the day (no more than one hour) and remove the food and water bowls when finished.
- Stay close to your pet when taking them outdoors and always keeping them on a leash, especially from dusk through early morning.
- Remove fallen fruit from the ground.
- Bag food wastes such as meat scraps or leftover pet food.
- Keep trash in containers with tight-fitting lids.
- Use "hazing" techniques to shoo away coyotes, such as standing tall, yelling and waving arms while approaching the coyote; using a whistle, air horn, bell or other device; banging pots or pans together; stomping your feet; using a water hose, pepper spray, or throwing tennis balls or rocks at the coyote.
- Never run away from a coyote.
For more information on how to live with wildlife, including coyotes, please visit the City’s webpage at http://www.ci.glendora.ca.us/residents/living-with-wildlife