Location, Location, Location!

July 28, 2015 Posted by: Kate Kuykendall
LA Coyote Locations
If you were a coyote living in the middle of one of the most urbanized cities in America, where would you spend your time? Where would you go to catch your prey, care for your young, and avoid conflicts with humans?

This chart is an analysis of 100 recorded GPS locations from C-144 and C-145, two coyotes we've been studying since May. Their use of the landscape is significantly different than past coyotes we've studied in western Los Angeles County, where we found an average of 77% of locations in natural areas and only 10% in intensely developed areas.

In contrast, the subset analysis found 60% of C-144's locations and 50% of C-145's locations to be "developed." Using the previous definition of "natural" as at least one square kilometer of natural vegetation, none of these urban coyotes' GPS locations can be categorized as natural. Instead, they are considered "altered" landscapes, such as a dirt road or a vacant lot.

Despite the extremely urban setting, C-144 and C-145 are persisting and behaving naturally, hunting prey, caring for their young and, at this point at least, avoiding conflicts with humans.

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  2. October 09, 2015 at 12:06

    Just spotted what looks like c-145 last 11pm last night. I believe he lives in the empty lot filled with vegetation, across from my triplex and also spends some time in an empty lot next to my yard. I noticed a second large coyote followed shortly behind the first into the lot on Silverlake and Van Pelt. I definitely do not let my little morsel of a pug out of my sight at night!

  3. August 30, 2015 at 06:50

    Thank you Kate, for this discussion blog, where we can share our coyote encounters in Southern California. But, I can see by the posting that people are curious but not educated about these interesting and adaptive wild animals. Perhaps we can do something about this? and learn more together.

  4. August 02, 2015 at 04:07

    (TJ - L.A., CA) you make it seem like the nps is the one to blame about the coyotes adapting to an urban setting. What about humans encroaching on animals environment and having to find food where they can. We don't need a scapegoat because humans are the ones to blame.

  5. July 29, 2015 at 11:32

    I live the Silverlake area between Sunset Blvd and the 101 and am interested to hear about this study after having multiple encounters with coyotes. The coyotes were especially interested in my dog shortly after I adopted him, several times coming close to me and my dog to investigate, and have since left us alone. I still see them in the neighborhood, but no where near as close.

  6. TJ
    July 29, 2015 at 10:54

    I've seen coyotes hundreds of times and they still impress me. You can almost see them thinking. Remarkably adaptable and totally in touch with their surroundings. No question they pose a risk to small pets and little children though. Particularly when they're in a pack. What always gets me is when you hear them hunting at night. They go in to a yipping frenzy and then...silence. I totally appreciate why they're being tracked. But when coyotes start adapting so well in "developed" environments I think a line needs to be drawn. And the NPS sure better hope that some toddler isn't attacked by one of these coyotes. If you had the chance to capture and relocate the animals and chose not to, that's going to be on your shoulders.

  7. July 29, 2015 at 09:12

    Thanks to everyone for sharing their experiences with coyotes, whether positive or negative. Lisajo, that sounds like a really disturbing experience. Christopher, thanks for pointing out the problem with our RSS link. I think the photo is obscuring the RSS link and preventing it from working. I'm going to try and get a fix ASAP. Thanks for your interest in the blog. I will highlight many of the stories on Facebook, so that's another good way to follow the blog. -Ranger Kate

  8. July 29, 2015 at 12:13

    I'd love to subscribe to this blog but the RSS link doesn't work. Is it possible to fix that or share it in a reply to this comment?

  9. Rob
    July 28, 2015 at 10:33

    I'm at the end of Liberty Canyon. I've counted as many as 27 coyotes all chasing an injured Mountain lion one night just inside the park. I can see them hunt in twos generally around dusk. Pouncing on rodents in the fields. Lately, I've seen 1 bobcat in a tree and 2 young mountain lions playing in the field below the phantom trail. Fun to watch through the binoculars.

  10. July 28, 2015 at 10:07

    I live in Latigo, I see and hear coyotes. We have two mountain lions and a bobcat that frequent our hilltop regularly.

  11. July 28, 2015 at 10:02

    July 10, at dusk my girlfriend had her Terrier taken from her, while on leash. She stood there helpless. This took place in Malibu, at the Equestrian Center, off Morning View Drive above Malibu High School. Horrifying to watch!

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