Coyote Alert! More Cat Attacks

Coyotes are threatening Encino again, preying on the small pets they find in our backyards. Post your warnings in the comments area below.

Coyotes have become more brazen in Encino and throughout the Valley since May, and in order to warn locals about them, please post your sightings and warnings here.

If you take photos or video, please post them in the gallery above, where it says Manage your photos & videos.

If you sight a coyote and are concerned, please make a "Wildlife Incident Report" to Los Angeles Animal Services at 888-452-7381.

When making a wildlife incident report, the following information is needed:

  • The caller's first and last names, home address, apartment number, ZIP Code, home and cellphone numbers.
  • The location of the wild animal (actual address, block and street number or intersection).
  • Type of wild animal observed (coyote, opossum, skunk, raccoon, etc.)
  • The actual number/amount of wild animals observed in the incident.
  • The date and time the wild animal was seen.
  • The condition of the animal (sick, injured, orphaned, distressed).
  • What was the wild animal doing while you observed it.
  • Your pets, type and number or other animals involved/affected.
  • Describe what happened during your wildlife encounter.
  • Secondhand sightings or forwarded e-mails of other people talking about wildlife sightings are not accepted.

Brenda Barnett, the director of Los Angeles Animal Services, also offered tips to protect pets from coyotes. Clean up fallen fruit, pet food left outside, unsecured trash or compost and other things on or near your property that attract predators, she said.

To keep you and your pets safe, you can also read our article titled, .

Add your latest coyote sighting in the comments section below...

"This time, as they say, it's personal," Henry Eshelman said in an e-mail to Encino Patch. "We live at the corner of Gloria and Moorpark. We lost a beloved cat, Kobe, Friday morning, to what we believe was a coyote. We didn't come firmly to this conclusion till a neighbor mentioned they'd seen coyotes a few times a few hundred yards down the street on Gloria. Then another nearby neighbor at Gloria and Magnolia, who I happened to mention our loss to early Saturday morning, came home to find half a cat in his yard.

So, we think we have a coyote problem around here, and would love to have the Patch's help in bringing it to the attention of the neighborhood and get people to keep pets indoors overnight. I don't know the control protocol for coyotes and we have a trap, but it's too small...We don't want any other neighbors to experience the loss we've felt in losing Kobe."

armineh July 06, 2011 at 06:05 AM
I agree with you Melissa, but the she presented the intention "to keep them up on the hills" versus: come down to the city, at first made sense to me. Specially that every time we complain about coyotes, all we hear is: you invaded their territory, they are hungry, what do you expect, learn how to co-exist....", but you're right, I did tell her this myself.
Leslie Elkan July 20, 2011 at 12:42 AM
Our neighbors lost their sweet King Charles Cavalier spaniel to a coyote two weeks ago. She was just in her own backyard on Noeline Avenue, south of Libbit, when she was suddenly and swiftly attacked and taken away by the brazen coyote. Her owner heard her cries for help but couldn't come fast enough to save her. So sad.
Kim July 25, 2011 at 03:07 AM
I just moved into this area, Haskell just north of Ventura Blvd, from Calabasas where there are too many coyotes to think about. However my precious cat Pumpkin has been missing for three weeks ;( I was going to put up posters but my neighbor told me he was probably eaten by coyotes ~ I will post photos on Haskell and around the street, if anyone has found a deceased cat in the past three weeks, he has no collar but had a chip. Green eyes, grey striped 2 year old, sweet cat. I hope he is enjoying another family instead of being coyote dinner ;( He was an indoor cat who escaped when we were moving things in ~ our other cats are still here!
Lauren Rosenblum July 25, 2011 at 04:06 AM
Kim - If you have a photo of Pumpkin, feel free to add it above so people know what to look for.
John A August 22, 2011 at 03:20 PM
Spotted a coyote at on Sun 8/21 at 5 am at Rancho and Balboa. Unfortunatley, later on the same morning found the remains of a black cat on our front lawn on the 4800 block of Oak Park Ave.
lilie September 06, 2011 at 07:02 AM
My cat has been missing for 2 days. We are now very worried and heartbroken. We live on White Oak- between Oxnard and Hatteras. I still have hope that he's alive and would like to ask for help to anyone nearby that might have seen him or has any information about my kitty. He is all white in color. He has 2 different colored eyes (1 blue and 1 hazel). He is not wearing a collar because it broke off once again. He is very sweet and responds to the name "Bunny". I have never spotted a coyote on my street but I know they visit the surrounding areas. I have already placed signs in the neighborhood. Please, if you have any information or ideas on how I can find my beautiful cat, contact me anytime. Reward***Thank you. Lilie 818-441-9366
lilie September 06, 2011 at 03:40 PM
I found my cat! He showed up this morning really dirty and hungry. I am just thankful he is back and not coyote food! He will no longer visit the outdoors. Thank you, thank you!
Lauren Rosenblum September 06, 2011 at 03:42 PM
Great news, Lilie! I'm glad he's safe and sound.
Judy Kirk September 06, 2011 at 08:15 PM
I am so happy for you. "Bunny" is one of the lucky ones. After the loss of my "Angel" I no longer let my other two outdoors unless on a leash. Took me awhile to get them trained but now they look forward to their walks.
Lauren Rosenblum September 13, 2011 at 04:53 PM
A reader just informed me that he saw a coyote at Moorpark and Petit, just north of Ventura Blvd. "Two sightings: Wed 9/7 at dusk; this morning at about 5:45AM. (No idea if same animal.)"
heidi September 21, 2011 at 02:24 PM
my cat vinny went missing in encino on september 7...he's gray with green eyes and a white patch on his chest. we miss him so much. still hoping he'll come home
B October 15, 2011 at 10:23 PM
We had a large coyote in our backyard last night at 2:45AM, on Adlon Road, south of Havenhurst Ave. We have a 6 month old puppy that I was checking on in the middle of the night... he sleeps in our family room, which has large sliding glass doors/ windows leading to the backyard. I was stunned when I saw this large coyote brazenly approaching our family room doors, looking in to stalk our little puppy. I just called the West Valley number you listed above to report the sighting, and they said that there's nothing they can do about it. They told me that if you choose to live in the hills in Encino, there are going to be coyotes in your yard at night. I said there are a lot of families in our neighborhood with dogs and cats, and I would like to report it to alert the others in our neighborhood of the sighting. He said there's nothing he can do, and they don't make reports on sightings... he said to just keep your puppy indoors.
Trace Johnson November 08, 2011 at 08:20 PM
Sunday, November 6, 6:00 pm, I saw a large coyote on Vantage Ave then ran down Valley Spring Ln, then south on Bellingham Ave, one block north of Ventura Ave. It was carrying in its mouth an animal, could have been an outdoor cat or bushy-tailed wild animal. I drove to get closer to see if I could help, but the coyote successfully vanished. Native americans called them 'tricksters' due to their swift nature. Coyotes are only trying to survive, they are not bad creatures. These animals prey on our domestic animals as well, so please always use a leash and cats indoors only and keep your loved animals safe!
Bridget Attarchi November 15, 2011 at 06:48 AM
Our 14 Month old Scotty (Zoey) was attacked by cayotes earlier tonight .We live off of Calneva near Mulloland Dr.We just got back from the vca animal hospital in Reseda .We found her in our backyard laying there by the fence . Thought she was dead but she got up and ran to us . She was bleeding really bad by her neck and ears . Hope she will be fine since she is all bandaged up But you can still see the blood seaping through the bandages.
Judy Kirk November 15, 2011 at 04:07 PM
My heart and prayers go out to you and Zoey
Barbara Blaisdell November 21, 2011 at 09:02 PM
Barbara Blaisdell November 21, 2011 at 09:05 PM
So glad Zoey is still with you. I hope she fully recovers from her attack.
Erica February 10, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Hello, my husband and I live in Tarzana, east of Reseda Blvd. and just south of Ventura Blvd. On January 14th we saw a pack of 3 coyotes on our street at 9pm. The day before, our neighbor's small dog was attacked and killed in its backyard at 11:30 in the morning! I have been hearing them outside frequently at night. PLEASE do not leave your small dogs or other pets outside unattended at any time. A six foot fence or wall will not deter a coyote. I have personally seen one scale a six foot wall.
Amanda March 24, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Our 2 small dogs were in our gated front yard with an over five foot fence. I put them out to pee for less than 5 minutes at 8pm 3/23/12. I opened the door and heard my dog scream. I ran out just in time and the coyote jumped back over the fence and ran down Petit Ave, in Encino. Our litttle dog was bit up and very much in shock but still alive. We now have an almost $2,000 vet bill. I will never let them out of my sight again.
Pat June 09, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Well, coyotes do have a right to exist. But people need to take greater measures to keep their pets and children safe from harm, as coyotes are predators who hunt in the daytime as well as the nighttime. Until it's legally acceptable to cull the numbers of coyotes, all you can do is be more alert and take that extra step in protecting children and pets.
Maggie Riley June 17, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Has anyone seen coyotes near victory or vsnowen and white oak or Louise? My cat went missing over a month ago and now the neighbors cat went missing 2 weeks ago... Both tabbys not sure if it's coyotes or someone targeting tabbies or cats
Sonia August 08, 2012 at 07:30 AM
My dog was attacked by cayote today in our backyard. It grabbed my 6 month puppy and dropped him when i screamed. I was never afraid so much in my life. Location: tarzana, wells and tampa.
mark October 08, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I saw a coyote in my back yard a few das ago. My closes cross streets are reseda blvd and linnet st (south of ventura) in tarzana. Last night I heard a cat screaming really loud and some howling from what might have been a coyote. Please be careful everyone.
staci goldfarb October 08, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Mark I must live around the corner from you it sounded like it was in my backyard about 10:30- it was awful!! Sounded almost like a bobcat - we have traps set on our neighbors tennis court side and there is a guy who is coming to put snares up. I thought they were caught at first...They have been in my yard, and on the cul de sac. I am on Amigo there are two and we are trying to get rid if them and I am cutting all of the ivy on the side of our house. We have two dogs and they are going crazy being inside. We only let them out when we can watch them in our dog run . Close all doggy doors the will come through them! They are big coyotes and look well fed and we are even seeing them during the day . Tell all of the neighbors to keep eyes peeled! I sure hope they are caught soon- last night was awful!!!! I hears a person screaming too.
billy October 11, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Saw a coyote running on Hatteras near Wilbur at 8:45 AM after dropping off my son at his preschool. I was shocked that they would inhabit a residential area so close to the 101. I'm pretty sure others saw it too as there's a lot of people walking their dogs on Hatteras during this time of day.
Barbara November 06, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Look. we live in the hills of Studio City.. and each night I hear 'yelping and laughing like yelping' it's a KILL.... Coyotes yelp together when they KILL.. please, please, please.. do not let your animals out after dark.. and even during the day especially when it is dry out watch them as well...I am constantly hearing dogs barking outside at 8-11 p.m. and I still cannot believe people don't bring them in.. even if it is a large dog.. they come in packs and will attack.....
Tina Cohen January 17, 2013 at 07:43 PM
My dog was just killed by a cayote this am. My dog was a 20lb Pug and had only been in the back yard a few minutes when it took her down. The cayote had made a dozen puncture wounds to her neck but because of her weight could not drag her away. She was pronounced dead at vet. This happened on Nance St between Louise & Mooncrest Dr.
staci goldfarb January 17, 2013 at 08:18 PM
So sorry to hear about your dog Tina. I thought this time of year they sort of hid in the hills...My husband has been seeing them in Encino on his way home in the evenings. I don't know where ours went, but we are always on guard. Prayers for your loss.
Tina Cohen January 18, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Thank you so much Staci for your kind wishes. Sorry for your loss as well. Something needs to be done about these dangerous Coyotes. What will it take for the city of L.A. to do something about this problem? I hope its not going to take a small child get seriously injured or killed. I have now warned all my friends & family that live in Encino Hills to not let their kids or animals outside (even for walks). Shame on our city leaders for not actively addressing & fixing this very dangerous coyote problem. Stay safe!
Violet Torossian June 09, 2013 at 05:58 PM
My black cat Maxy with green eyes didn't show up this morning and I am afraid that the coyotes got him. He is on the small side and he never left my area. He only used to go next door to the neighbors houses and with no fail used to show up for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Any suggestion to what happened.


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