It’s a coyote mating season, but it means trouble in the neighborhood

Yosemite National Park, CA-April 11: On April 11, 2020, Coyote wanders the Curry Village in Yosemite Valley. Yosemite National Park is off limits to visitors due to coronavirus Covid 19. Man.  Madera County, Yosemite National Park, California, Saturday, April 11, 2020.  (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Wildlife authorities across the country have warned people to protect their pets during the coyote mating season, which lasts from January to March. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

My terrorist politics in the Northridge district began with a maniac dog bark, an eerie coyote bark, and a high-pitched cry of animals fighting for their lives in the middle of the night.

I suspected it came from a nearby canyon where wildlife lives. However, early the next morning, as I walked my dog, I came across the unmistakable sight of animal remains on the sidewalk near my house.

I took it home and kept busy no Think about what it presages. However, the next morning, when I looked out the kitchen window, I saw a coyote standing on the driveway, looking around in anticipation of another meal.

I wore pajamas and screamed and shook my arms so that I could look bigger. I grabbed my water hose and blew him up with a jet stream that had always worked in the past. But this coyote wasn’t upset. He was just standing there and staring at me.

Even when my neighbor rang his metal baseball bat and came out, the coyote seemed daunting. When the other came out of the nearby garden, they casually walked away, and as we followed the block, they casually glanced back at us.

For the next four weeks, there were few days when I couldn’t see the coyote. I scaled the fence to wash the backyard, walked down the street with a cat in my mouth, and squinted when I was in front of me. Garden with a dog.

He turned to the precautions taken by his neighbors when the coyote was randomly witnessed. They made a pet enclosure, put on a pointed vest for their dogs, and spent generously strengthening their yard.

Now that I’m looking for a way to make a pen on the internet, a coyote I find walking on a brick wall isn’t a pet’s meal. They aren’t afraid of the little weapons humans bring to the battlefield: our air horns, golf clubs, and tin cans that rattle with coins. These coyotes roam the streets in packs, like repentant complaints looking for Mark.

I loved a corner of the suburbs where canyon trails and shopping malls coexist. But now I feel like I live in a war zone. Coyotes are invading troops and are now calling shots.

Wildlife authorities across the country have warned people to protect their pets during the coyote mating season, which lasts from January to March. During that period, men are particularly bold and aggressive. And they are not afraid to enter a populous area like me. There, free-walking cats and dogs hang out in the backyard, making it easy to hunt.

And yes, we know we created this dilemma. When my family moved here 35 years ago, the hills above us were open and desolate. And while our city still boasts the “horse trail” and “deer crossroads” signs, animals are being driven from habitat to our habitat by explosive development.

And the longer they hang out, the more comfortable the human coyote will be. Decades ago, they were frightened by our ferocious momentum. Now they seem to be bravely studying us.

I have been seeking advice from wildlife experts for years. How can we prevent the coyote from stepping on our block? The answer is always the same. Whether they leave depends on our willingness to be reasonably cruel. Consistently haze until you’re too uncomfortable to stick.

But now there are some caveats. Coyotes are part of the city landscape. They stroll through Hollywood attractions, roam the grounds of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and hang out in the grocery parking lot. It has proven difficult to get rid of them.

So my two little dogs are currently blocked while I understand what it takes to relieve my anxiety.

I sprayed wolf urine on the yard, got into the dog’s door, and flashed red “predator’s eyes” on the fences and trees around the house. My backyard is lit up like a rose bowl every night. And my dog ​​is not allowed to play outside alone.

I don’t even dare to walk them without arming myself: a rock in my left pocket, an air horn on my right, and a long metal rod with neither hand holding a string.

I’m scared and tired. Just as not leaving the house without disinfectants and masks finally became the second property, I had to add another kind of hypervigilance to protect against another unpredictable tragedy. ..

Like COVID, coyotes are a force of nature. You can’t beat them. Instead, we need to adapt to the problems they cause, and we tend to stick to both over the long term.

And just as politics divides us over vaccines and masks, our situation shapes our response to the threat posed by the coyote surge.

Discussions take place regularly on my local Next Door Feed, and pet ownership is at the two extreme boundaries. Leave the coyote alone. They were here first. Or arm yourself with a bear spray and a BB gun.

Everyone can agree that coyotes are thrilling when viewed from a distance and are attractive to see. But if you look closely, they can focus a terrifying focus on our vulnerabilities.

I would like to believe that the coyote threat diminishes as the mating season ends, but the two-year COVID has taught me not to fulfill my wishes. I think I’m around the corner. Next comes Omicron. In this case, the coyote I saw last week easily jumped over an 8-foot fence.

This story was originally Los Angeles Times..