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.