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Dogs Attacked by Coyote in Hollywood Hills

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Los Angeles Police were searching for a coyote last night in the Hollywood Hills after a report of an attack on some pets.

Using a helicopter and feet on the ground, LAPD officers were investigating the incident around  Helios and Gower, close to Beachwood, on the other side of 101 freeway from West Hollywood.

They were on the scene after a woman was screaming in the area after her pets were attacked.

They didn’t locate the coyote but believe it was there.  No word on the condition of the pets.

The City of West Hollywood issued a warning some weeks ago about coyotes in the area after increased sightings.  A Weho Daily reader reported that her cat was attacked by a coyote on June 28.

“While these sightings can bring about moderate alarm, and there is a genuine need for concern, simple precautions can be taken to reduce risk and harm,” says the City.

Coyotes are considered a widely adaptable and opportunistic animal. In order to reduce the potential danger attributed to the presence of coyotes, residents are encouraged to reduce what these animals are seeking, which is primarily food and water. Residents should also keep unsupervised pets indoors and not let them roam unsupervised.

The following are recommendations regarding precautionary measures to help reduce the presence of coyotes:

  • Keep all animal and pet food & water dishes indoors at all times;
  • Keep trash cans and containers covered and secured at all times;
  • Keep cats indoors at all times unless supervised; and
  • Keep dogs and other family pets indoors at all times, unless supervised.

These simple steps will help reduce the attraction of coyotes and other foraging animals to the local area, and should result in the animals moving back up into the hills to seek better hunting grounds.

Coyotes are native to the Los Angeles region. West Hollywood is less than a half mile away from the Hollywood Hills. These hills and foothills that range from Malibu to downtown Los Angeles are primarily wooded hills and mountainous habitat, and they are full of different kinds of wildlife in their natural habitat.

People are rarely at risk or in danger from coyotes or other animals native to the area such as possums, skunks and raccoons. There have been virtually no incidents of rabies reported among any coyotes caught or trapped in Los Angeles County.

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  1. Brian Hamilton

    July 13, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Too many people forget that we’re in the coyote’s backyard, not vice-versa.

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Texas & California Wet Markets Show Full Extent of Vile Conditions

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Texas & California Wet Markets Show Full Extent of Vile Conditions

(TMZ) — It’s becoming more clear by the day that wet markets are NOT just a China problem — it’s an American problem too … just take a look at these latest clips from Texas and California.

TMZ has gotten a hold of even more graphic videos of two different live animal shops in TX and CA — where people pick out the animal, have it slaughtered on the spot and then sold to them right then and there — and you see the mixed-in livestock runs the gamut.

There are pigs in pens, goats and sheep hoarded together … and, of course, as we’ve seen in New York and elsewhere — chicken and rabbits cooped up in cages — all in the same area within earshot of each other, and all getting butchered.

Ya got pigs hanging from hooks out in the open, chicken beaks, feathers and guts all over the floor and in an exposed trash can — this while customers (including kids) come in and browse the freezer for whatever cuts of meat they want. It’s downright dirty and gross.

As we’ve been told by the experts, these one-stop-shop slaughterhouses/storefronts can be breeding grounds for disease — including new viruses, like COVID-19, which supposedly got started at a wet market in China.

We already know of lawmakers in Cali and New York working to get these things shut down, but it’s pretty apparent there needs to be federal legislation rolled out to address this. Can’t call the kettle black when we’re swimming in the freakin’ pot.

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Joe Exotic Prison Has 2nd Highest ‘Rona Rate

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FORT WORTH (TMZ) — The prison Joe Exotic is currently being held at is the second leading hotbed for coronavirus in the entire federal prison system — but not to worry … Uncle Sam’s got a plan.

The ‘Tiger King’ star has been locked up at FMC Forth Worth in Texas, and as of Tuesday … there was a total of 298 confirmed COVID-19 cases among inmates, making it number 2 behind a federal CA facility at 570 inmate cases.

If that sounds troubling, it should … we’ve seen jails and prisons across the U.S. getting besieged with the virus — and some of the inmates are suffering. The Federal Bureau of Prisons has assured us they’re going above and beyond for their prisoners, staff and visitors alike at Joe’s facility to keep them safe and healthy.

As for Joe … his people have repeatedly told us … he’s virus-free.

The agency tells TMZ there’s a comprehensive action plan in place at all of their institutions — which includes reducing inmate transfers, increasing screening and testing, minimizing unnecessary movement on the inside and temporarily canceling social and legal visits, not to mention training for BOP employees. They will also do regular temperature checks.

The trick is … as little congregating as possible. BOP says it’s trying to keep guards at one post for as long as possible to avoid unnecessary interaction.

BOP also tells us they’ve made sure everyone — prisoners and staffers — have received surgical masks. BOP says it has things under control — so far fewer than 5 deaths at the Fort Worth facility … but with nearly 300 cases, it’s gotta be viewed as a full-fledged outbreak.

So … guess that means Joe’s in good hands??? Here’s hoping so.

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Dolphins Still Putting on Show in Japan without Spectators

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Dolphins Still Putting on Show in Japan without Spectators

JAPAN (TMZ) — Move over LeBron James … while pro sports leagues are trying to figure out when they can return to action, some dolphins are way ahead of ’em.

These photos are from Hakkeijima Sea Paradise’s special dolphin show Thursday in Yokohama, where they had zero spectators due to the coronavirus quarantine guidelines there.

Animal trainers still did their thing, though, with dolphins and a beluga whale putting on quite a show — despite lacking a crowd of oohing and ahhing humans. Let’s keep it real … the animals are in it for the food.

The show wasn’t just a dress rehearsal … the aquarium videotaped the performance and aired it on the web for folks to watch safely from home.

Makes ya wonder … do the animals feel differently performing without a crowd? Or, is it just a little closer to being in the wild without a loud pack of humanity watching ’em? We sure hope so.

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