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Owner Rescues Cat From Coyote

Animal Control urges residents to protect their pets from becoming prey.

When Chris Garcia stepped out into his front yard one early morning this past weekend, he noticed his stunned cat in the mouth of a hungry coyote.

Unwilling to let his cat become the coyote’s breakfast, the 26-year-old Glendora resident chased after the coyote until the coyote dropped the cat unharmed and ran away.

Garcia said it wasn’t the first time he has seen coyotes on his street on Walnut Avenue near the Williams School campus off Lorraine Avenue.

“We usually see them very early in the morning,” said Garcia. “They’re roaming the streets looking for food.”

The food coyotes usually target are the small pets left outdoors. Neighbors in Garcia’s neighborhood have claimed to have lost their small cats and dogs to the wild coyotes.

“I have lived here since I was 12,” said Garcia. “Personally, I think I’ve seen more of them come out within the last several years.”

Vanessa Alvarez of says coyote sightings are a common occurrence in Glendora, especially near the train tracks near Grand and Foothill.

“They come out from the South Hills or from the north end from the mountains,” said Alvarez. “They’re hungry and they’re searching for food.”

While Alvarez said coyotes will typically leave humans alone, small pets are easy prey.

“There is not a day goes by that we have to retrieve the remains of a cat that has been killed by a coyote,” said Alvarez.

Alvarez advised residents to avoid leaving pet food outside, as well as trash bins overnight.

If residents see coyotes, Alvarez said they should avoid the animals and call . Officers will try to detour the animals back into the wilderness and away from elementary schools and places where there are small children.

Jo Anne Probst August 29, 2012 at 01:19 PM
The Human Society has long said that cats should be indoor pets and not left to roam at the mercy of other animals and cars. Owners who care about their small pets and who live in areas where coyotes are known to wander should never leave their pets outside on their own. It's a matter of kindness to animals. If all pet owners would become knowledgeable and responsible, keeping their pets inside when not walking or staying with them, and spay/neuter their pets, it would be a much safer and happier world for our pets.
Jo Anne Probst August 29, 2012 at 01:33 PM
So sorry that I didn't edit better. I meant to write "Humane Society", not "Human Society" in my above note.
Lois Sparling August 29, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I agree with you, Jo Anne. Also, cats can get sick from the fertilizers, weed killers, and other poisons people spray in their yards. Since a cat that is outdoors will not stay in its own yard, this is a very real problem. Cats can live perfectly happy lives inside their house or apartment. A similar incident happened with a cat and coyote down the street from me several years ago. But someone honked their car horn and the coyote dropped the cat, thank goodness. I know coyotes have to eat, too, but it's heartbreaking for our beloved pets to be the ones providing the meal.
Lorraine Terpening August 29, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Despite repeated warnings to my neighbors, many still allow their cats to roam. We have a pack living at Oakdale cemetary who hunt during the daytime hours. Many cats are taken. So don't walk your dog around there!
Jason Thompson August 31, 2012 at 04:17 PM
People need to understand that humans have invaded the habitat of wild game, like us they need food an water as well. Since we live at the base of the foothills prey animals like the Coyote, and cougers will be urban hunters so if small pets are left outside they will become a tasty meal. So respect these wild animals an remember we are in their space. Jason Thompson
steve cullison September 01, 2012 at 12:23 AM
California, outlawed trapping which is the only sound way to manage fur-bearers..THEY asked for this and now they'll see just what a mistake they have made... This our space their space idea is a Utopian way to look at the world and is pathetic. When managed fur-bearers are a renewable resource. This also means bears and mountain lion. Remember conservation means wise use. A message from the real world!
MC September 01, 2012 at 02:56 PM
The coyote population is increasing in urban areas not because we are taking over their space but because we are providing them with food sources and protection. Bears, wolves and mountain lions prey on coyotes. But we don’t allow the coyotes’ natural enemies to hunt them in our city streets, so coyotes find safe refugee in our neighborhoods while providing them with food…waste in trash cans, domestic pets, and people intentionally feeding them their scraps. Coyotes living in cities got it easy compared to those living in the wild! Coyotes are not endangered… quite the opposite they are increasing in numbers especially in communities where some advocate people and coyote coexistence. Coyote activists want us to use hazing techniques to instill fear of people. That does no good for managing coyote numbers that are on the rise. Wake up people…The coyote population should be managed by trapping…Coyotes are PREDATORS and coyotes living in our urban neighborhoods should not be tolerated!

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