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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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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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