For the second time in two weeks, a small pet has been attacked by a coyote in Commerce.
The lastest attack occurred Monday around 6 p.m. in a resedential area near Rosewood Park known as The Village, this time killing a small dog.
In a community alert, the city promised it would be “stepping up its efforts” to address the coyote problem in response to the two recent attacks.
Earlier this month another dog was attacked in the backyard of a home not far from Rosewood Park. The family-pet required vetinary care for its wounds, but is now “reporetedly doing fine,” according to the city.
Animal control officers captured and relocated two coyotes out of the city following the first incident.
The attacks caused city officials to send out a letter to residents warning them of the coyote sightings and offering tips to ensure safety.
“It is important to understand that coyotes are spread throughout all of California and are increasingly living within urban areas,” the letter reads. “We have been working pro-actively on the coyote problem and several coyotes have been captured.”
The presence of coyotes in urban areas is growing, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“These are urban coyotes and they are most likely from the riverbed or train tracks,” explained Commerce Public Information Officer Daniel Larios.
The nocturnal animals live where they can find shelter during the day and come out at night to find food, according to the animal control officers.
“We are consulting with animal experts and trappers, to find ways to deter coyote attacks in the city,” Larios added.
Two additional coyotes were captured earlier this year near the Commerce Casino. Additional sightings have been reported near Veterans Park.
Last year, a park in neighboring Montebello was closed when several coyote attacks were reported within a two-week period; including an attack on people. Coyotes are usually afraid of humans and can be easily scared away, making the incident unusual.
Residents are encouraged to help the city keep track of coyotes and their movement by reporting any sightings to the Commerce Animal Control Division, which can be reached by calling (323) 887-4460 ext. 2236.
—Do not feed coyotes or leave pet food or other food sources (pets, trash, etc.) outside, especially during the hours of sunset to sunrise.
—Small animals are especially at risk should not be left outdoors.
—If approached by a coyote, shout, wave, throw objects and otherwise try to frighten it away.