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Posted on: March 8, 2017

Coyote Attacks Dog in Commerce

Recently, a small dog was attacked by a coyote in the Rosewood Park area. The City has been addressing the problem; two coyotes have been successfully captured and removed from the City. You can help protect your family and pets by keeping your property as uninviting to coyotes as possible.

Do not feed coyotes: Coyotes need to maintain their fear of humans, lack of fear can lead to aggressive acts. 
Feed your pets indoors. Do not leave pet food outdoors.
Keep trash can lids closed properly.
Coyotes are most active from sunset to the early morning hours so keep small pets (cats & small dogs) indoors as much as possible and at night, large dogs should be kept indoors as well. If keeping your dogs indoors is not an option consider an enclosed kennel. 

If you or your pet is approached by a coyote, try to frighten it away by shouting in a deep voice, waving your arms, throwing objects at the animal, and looking it directly in the eyes. Stand up if you are seated. If you are wearing a coat or vest, spread it open like a cape so that you appear larger. Retreat from the situation by walking slowly backward so that you do not turn your back on the coyote. Do not run.

If you or your pet is attacked by a coyote, immediately clean the bitten/scratched areas and seek medical attention. Report the attack to the City’s Animal Control Division at 323-887-4460, ext. 2236.
CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
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