Injured Coyote Sighted at Loma Alta Wash

An Altadena local shared Thursday night that an injured coyote who did not display fear of people was in his driveway and in the neighborhood. Have you seen a coyote or other potentially dangerous wildlife?

An Altadena resident shared the following wildlife sighting in a Chaney Trail Yahoo group Thursday after 5 p.m. Have you seen a coyote fitting this description in your neighborhood?

A lone injured coyote was JUST now in our driveway on E Loma Alta. We chased it out and it went down into the Loma Alta Wash, where my neighbor tells me she's been seeing this one hang around there the last few weeks. I did not see it myself, but the neighbor (who was walking past at the time it was in my driveway), other walkers on the street, and one of my kids who saw it all said that it is injured/walking on three legs. This coyote was not showing any fear for the several people that were on the street.

As we all know, injured animals are even more dangerous, and though LA Animal Control previously told me that they deal with injured wildlife, after putting in a call to them about this coyote,now they are telling me that they only deal with *immobile* injured wildlife. The man on the phone also said that they wouldn't come out in part now because it's getting dark. They also acknowledged that an injured coyote is likely looking for the super easy pickings right now.

Anyway, anyone in the vicinity of Upper Fair Oaks, E Loma Alta near Fair Oaks/Wapello, Taos, Holly Slope etc etc should keep an eye out right now!!!

yeahian January 15, 2013 at 11:35 PM
no I'm proud that my dog did what he was designed to do that he did not bite or kill the animal and camewhen i called. I'm also proud that he possibly prevented any of my neighbors cats from being killed by this coyote. We are often way out in the middle of the Sierras or local mountains during the day and night. I don't own a gun, and i feel more confident that he is there with me now I have had a few run ins with a variety of wild animals, and its not that much fun. No reason to read things wrong. best...
Patrizzi Intergalactica January 18, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Coyotes are infected by mange that has passed to them from humans to dogs and from dogs to coyotes. In humans it is called scabies... but it is the same mite. Humans have a certain degree of immunity but not animals. Coyotes can become horribly disfigured and severely weaked to the point that they become identifiable as chupacabra. Horses pass it around too. If you ride, you've probably had to treat yourself at least once to the petrolium bath.
yeahian January 20, 2013 at 08:59 AM
never knew mange was the same as scabies. When I was 19 or so this girl who lived in the same house as i and 3 or four others passed scabbies onto the whole house. Everyone was kind of embarrassed so no one talked about itfor way too long. We all just suffered and did not know why. It was like a few weeks of just for lack of a better response just pure miserable poop. It was so horrid. Poor bastards. Thanks for the info Patrizzi
Nico January 20, 2013 at 04:28 PM
"Scabies is spread by skin-to-skin contact with another person who has scabies. Pets and animals cannot spread human scabies." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001833/
Patrizzi Intergalactica January 20, 2013 at 05:25 PM
This article is not altogether accurate. The mite easily mutates as it becomes species specific but it's the same mite. This is why humans should not touch the wild ones, especially birds... our mites are mightier like everything else of human origin. http://news.discovery.com/animals/pets/chupacabra-mystery-solved.htm "Humans have likely evolved natural defenses for this mite over the years. When we began to domesticate dogs, we likely spread the mites to them. When the mites then transfer to wild dogs, such as foxes, wolves and coyotes, the victims appear to be less able to fight them off. "Whenever you have a new host-parasite association, it's pretty nasty," said OConnor, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and a curator in the U-M Museum of Zoology. "It does a lot of damage, and mortality can be relatively high because that host species has not had any evolutionary history with the parasite, so it has not been able to evolve any defenses like we have." I was trying to make the point that humans are the more dangerous creature and I didn't do that very well. Thanks.


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