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Coyotes Are on the Prowl in Diamond Bar

One coyote reportedly entered Diamond Bar home through a doggie door. How do you protect against the creatures?

There was a pounding on the door yesterday. My normally passive mailman was nearly breathless, "Do you know there is a coyote in the neighborhood?" This was the third time he had seen the animal this week.

Yes. The danger is this animal is unafraid. He "took a dump" in front of a neighbor's visitor and was on the doorstep of the other neighbor who has been spotting him every day since they brought home a new pup.

We are normally very cautious with our small dogs, even 30 seconds alone in the backyard once put my husband's pup nose to nose with a coyote in the middle of the afternoon. 

We got very lucky. The young male carnivore seemed confused that the "bunny" was barking at him. Which gave my husband and I just enough time to come running at it from two different directions. Fleet of foot, the coyote vaulted easily over the 6' fence.

Coyote attacks on humans are rare. Still, the animals should be considered wild. The jogger who got bitten last year in the vicinity of Reagan Park undoubtedly would recommend caution. I bet she would have a few choice words for the IQ-challenged joggers who are known to throw doggie treats to coyotes. 

Coyotes share genetic code with dogs and they are regulars to our neighborhoods, that does not make them our friends.

On Flintlock yesterday, I understand that a coyote followed the family pet through a doggie door and into the home. My heart breaks for that family. 

What do you do to keep yourself and your family pets safe from coyotes?   

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AndyW. July 15, 2011 at 02:34 AM
A week and a half ago, I nearly ran over a bobcat in Chino Hills. Abundance of animals out this year...
Lydia Plunk July 15, 2011 at 02:56 PM
Hi Andy! In rain-abundant years, the wildlife flourishes. I hold out hope that someday the fox and quail will come back- although in their place, other wildlife fills in the gap. Bobcats are gorgeous- cause quite the commotion when they make an appearance- not more than once or twice a year in my garden. There once was one very lost mountain lion- spectacular animal, but glad he moved back to a place he is happier than living in suburbia.
Michael July 15, 2011 at 07:09 PM
I walk through the streets with a large stick so I can hit one if I need to- they wander around Walnut too and one ate my neighbors small dog. My real problem is gophers.
Lydia Plunk July 15, 2011 at 10:34 PM
Michael- Right idea. Scream, shout, make like a crazy person.
Michelle Denise Santos July 17, 2011 at 05:57 PM
I actually witnessed a coyote leap from a neighbors backyard with their dog in its mouth on Tue. In our area of Overlook Ridge Road and Flintlock (North Diamond Bar) a few of our neighbors have actually had the coyotes enter their homes through the doggie doors and attack their pets leaving them in very serious condition. Department of Agriculture has been made aware of this situation and they are assisting in this matter. The coyotes in our area are actually hunting in the daytime. They roam our blocks as if they are a part of the neighborhood walking right up to front doors to sniff out pets. They easily jump 6' walls and fences with no problem. Traps have been set. It is believed that the backyard slopes of two homes actually have dens. One resident actually hears the coyote pups crying out. The coyote traps are not harmful to the coyotes. They will be relocated. Please do not leave dog food out in the backyard. Please do not let your dog out in the backyard by itself at any time. Coyotes are watching and will snatch your pets in seconds. Better safe than sorry. My husband jogs at night and was chased by a coyote in Phillips Ranch. Thank goodness my husband was able to get away after several hundred feet of being chased. These coyotes do not fear humans. Protect your pets and your family from these animals. Dept of Agriculture is the only agency willing to help if the situation in your neighborhood gets out of control.
Debbie Lee July 19, 2011 at 12:14 AM
July 14,2011 Thursday - My lil' pal went missing 12:30 a.m. Old Trail Road and Happy Hollow in Diamond Bar. Potty time barking began then a quick yelp only to find her missing from our side yard that has a brick wall. She had a green dress she is six years old, one eyed long haired chichuahua. No sign of anything happening in the yard. Shelter states coyotes are the problem and many reports have come in that they belong to Fish and Game and they will not relocate. I am hoping for her return home in 10 days if she doesn't then its believe to be a coyote snatched her. On Wednesday a man took a his poodle's remains cause by a coyote and that was on Sunset Crossing. My heart is hurting and one person at the shelter says its just nature well, tell that to my broken heart. One officer stated water, motion lights and a company in San Diego puts rollers on top of walls and fences to help people protect their family and pets from coyotes.
Dee Spradling July 19, 2011 at 05:35 AM
Recently a neighbor had her small dog snatched out of its back yard by a Coyote. As I spoke with neighbors, I learned that this was only one of many attacks that have occurred in recent weeks. Coyotes have been spotted in broad daylight strolling through our neighborhoods and stalking "OUR PETS". As a result, an informational flyer, warning neighbors of increased coyote activity, was prepared and delivered to residents within the Deane Home Swim Club. On Thursday, July 14th, I met with Inspector Burton from the Department of Agriculture along with two trappers. After identifying a location where coyote activity was evident, traps were placed and monitored. On saturday, a male coyote was spotted by one of the trappers, sitting on a slope within the Whispering Springs Senior Citizen complex, located on Highland Valley. A second coyote, a female, was later spotted on another hillside, nearby. Both coyotes were immediately removed from the area. New traps have been placed in various locations and will continue to be monitored by the trappers. In the mean time, please continue to voice your concerns by calling the Department of Agriculture and City Hall. If you have had a pet a pet attacked or killed please let that fact be known at the time of your call. Finally, my condolences to those of you who have lost your beloved pet to coyote attacks. If we ban together, we can keep another family from losing a pet or most impotantly, a child.
Robert Corona July 20, 2011 at 03:15 AM
So sorry about everyone's loss. I myself have lost a pet years back. However, I must say, We did infringe on their territory,, as the people in Altadena and Glendora etc. have infringed on bears territory. Hence the bears come down to feed on their garbage and swim in their pools to cool off. I guess my point is, they didnt come to live with us in the city, we went to live among them in the forest and hills. So what we have to do is learn to co exist with them. If we know there are coyotes, call the fence guy to put up a coyote safe fence so our pets will be safe. Also, dont leave our garbage cans open and keep them locked up. I built a good fence that a coyote would have to bring a ladder to get over. Hence I feel safe now... they dont even come around here anymore. Coyotes and other wildlife go where there is food. If its not available they move on. They are just trying to live, like us. I use to see deer come down for food all the time too... we have infringed on thier territory too. We just keep pushing them, hence we see them around us more often. Pretty soon they will all be gone. That is the sad part.
Michelle Denise Santos July 20, 2011 at 03:39 AM
Please understand that I understand that we live in the area where there are many different varieties of wildlife. Yet at the same time, people do not need to be reminded that we have "infringed" on their territory. That does not make those who have recently lost a beloved pet feel better about coyotes. So, to those who have lost their beloved pet by a vicious coyote attack, I am so very sorry.
Lydia Plunk July 20, 2011 at 02:34 PM
Thank you to everyone who has written in. There have been some good suggestions, and some that are heartfelt, but not practical. For instance, there is no such thing as a coyote safe fence. unless it is roofed. OK for a dog run, but not a yard. It is of no use for someone walking their dog- and the dog is stollen from the leash.
Julie Jantz-Contreras August 07, 2011 at 11:31 AM
I am very sorry to hear about your beloved pet. I saw your signs and hoped your dog did not have the same fate as mine. I live at the end of Happy Hollow. My 9 year old Chichuahua was killed by a coyote on the morning of July 4th.
lana August 07, 2011 at 05:31 PM
Please understand that I understand that we live in the area where there are many different varieties of wildlife. Yet at the same time, people do not need to be reminded that we have "infringed" on their territory. That does not make those who have recently lost a beloved pet feel better about coyotes. So, to those who have lost their beloved pet by a vicious coyote attack, I am so very sorry. that lady has got to be nuts saying we have infringed on the coyote territory. who is she to say coyotes were there first and even if they were, that doesnt give the coyote the right to eat peoples pets. One morning, in riverside, my daughter let the dogs ou tside for their morning potty break. Only two came back. The dog that was taken away and killed and eaten was a 4 pound poodle. the other two dogs were quite large and were not attacked. the back yard was fenced in but the coyote obviusly managed to jump the fence and take the little poodle. If you want to be sure your pets are not at risk, put a wire roof on the back yard fence or take your pet out for potty and bring h im back h ome. never leave your pet outside alone.
Michelle Denise Santos August 07, 2011 at 05:45 PM
Lana, I dont know why you copied and posted my post along with yours and then had the nerve to call me nuts. if you read my post "correctly", I was responding to a man named Robert who wrote that we have all infringed on the coyotes. I am the one who actually witnessed the coyote jump out of my neighbors yard with their dog in its mouth. My mom is the one who got in touch with the Dept. of Agriculture to get help for our neighborhood. We have been the ones to distribute the 300+ flyers letting our neighbors know what is going on. I would appreciate it if you would remove your post where you are calling me "NUTS". I do not appreciate your unkind words. You need to read the posts properly before making an off the wall comment!
Michelle Denise Santos August 07, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Lana, I dont know why you copied and posted my post along with yours and then had the nerve to call me nuts. if you read my post "correctly", I was responding to a man named Robert who wrote that we have all infringed on the coyotes. I am the one who actually witnessed the coyote jump out of my neighbors yard with their dog in its mouth. My mom is the one who got in touch with the Dept. of Agriculture to get help for our neighborhood. We have been the ones to distribute the 300+ flyers letting our neighbors know what is going on. I would appreciate it if you would remove your post where you are calling me "NUTS". I do not appreciate your unkind words. You need to read the posts properly before making an off the wall comment!
Debbie Lee August 15, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Coyote attack again! Sunday early morning August 14. In the area of Happy Hollow and Old Trail Road. The vision of your beloved pet going over a wall as he fights for his life is one I would like to erase from my memory. I am not pointing the finger at anyone it is well known that Diamond Bar has a coyote problem. I have taken all precautions to keep my pets safe, I have lost two within the month; neighbors have stated cats are missing and rabbit parts left in their yard. The city did do something when I called the first time and I have called this morning again. We have the little league field enough is enough traps need to set to relocate. Twenty nine years of Diamond Bar living I have never had fear for my animals’ safety especially living in the wildlife setting with raccoons, skunks, snakes and coyotes. Now, I must speak up for all our safety.
Wilma December 26, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I am sorry for all the pet owners who had lost their pets to coyote or any wild animals. My dog just died yesterday on Christmas. He was bitten by coyote ten days ago. We took him to the vet and thought he would survived...but he pass away yesterday. I am totally heart breaking and came across this blog. I am hoping to find a solution to protect my other pet or future pet and am hoping I can have them running around freely in their own backyard.
Lydia Plunk December 26, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Dear Wilma- Patch put this article up some time ago. Its a good start http://diamondbar-walnut.patch.com/articles/keep-coyotes-away-a-how-to-guide Also- Be warey of pet doors. We've had a case of a coyote following a dog into the home through the pet door.
Debbie Lee January 04, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Dear Wilma, My heart goes out to you for your loss. I contacted the city and they were very helpful. the argicultural dept. came out and placed traps near the freeway underpass and on a hill. Then my husband placed a rolling pipe along our block walls so far so good. We have rescue a tiny one and she is taught to potty on the grass mat that we purchased at Petsmart. Our older dog has her house close to our back door and she has a separate area from where are lil' ones were taken.So far so good I hope this helps. Good luck to you.
Vito Spago January 04, 2013 at 06:47 PM
A subsonic .22 is very quiet. Just shoot them and put the carcass in the trash.

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