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Coyote Watch: Echo Park's Mohawk & Montana Is A Killer Corner

A reader tells us that at least four small animals have been killed by coyotes near an intersection in Echo Park over the last month or so.

The black cat Maceo died near the intersection of Mohawk and Montana streets this week.

The body of the 7-year-old cat was found in a front yard after being devoured by a coyote. 

Reader "Brian" told us in an email of several other recent pet killings near that same intersection.

On July 25, a little cat named Echo died in a yard there.

A 17-year-old cat called Kitaro also died in pretty much the same spot in late June. 

And a chihuahua was killed the night of July 22 in a yard just behind.

Perhaps there are other deaths as well. 

Brian asked," This seems to be happening in the same exact area over and over. Is there anything that can be done?"

We went to Jacqui Navratil, who heads a new community animal advocacy group called Luxe Paws.

She told us, "It's imperative that people do not let their small animals outside ever."

She also says it's important not to do things that attract the animals in the first place.

"Change your behavior. Keep other food sources away from coyotes too and secure outdoor garbage containers," she said. 

See the Luxe Paws Facebook page here.

Why do you think the coyotes keep coming back? 

Janet Weiss August 11, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Watch for more than one coyote and stray dogs that may form a pack of animals.
Dwain Wilson August 13, 2012 at 06:21 PM
This morning we discovered a coyote kill on N. Benton Way @ Reservoir. Keep your small animals indoors after sunset.
Anthea Raymond (Editor) August 14, 2012 at 12:37 AM
@Thanks Dwain for the update. Do you know what kind of animal it was?
Lydia Cordon August 31, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I always see one or two BIG coyotes in front of my house. I'm on Scott and Lake Shore.
Tim Chandler November 01, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I just saw one this morning. Morton Ave.
Anthea Raymond (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 03:50 PM
@Tim--Is this the first time you've spotted one so far down the canyon? AR
Tim Chandler November 01, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Yes. We looked eye to eye, out of my bedroom window. Advised my apartment manager.
Whitney August 23, 2013 at 03:02 PM
I have been seeing coyotes all over my neighborhood (Apex and Ewing) lately. I hear animal attacks about once a week. Last week my best friends dog was taken from her front fenced yard (Echo Park Blvd) AND I saw two coyotes in my back yard with my neighbor's pet. I went out there banging pots and pans and they just stared at me. Were not afraid at all. It has gotten so bad that I am afraid that someone is going to be attacked. It seriously is only a matter of time. They are everywhere and desperate.

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