Coyote sightings increase in area

Posted On Dec 30 2019 by
first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe coyote eventually fled and Doxxy survived, but Melcher said that night has left her with emotional scars. “I can’t go out (at night) without being scared,” she said. “I used to walk at night because I felt relatively safe in our neighborhood.” Melcher is one of several residents who have reported seeing coyotes and wondering if more of them are coming down from the nearby hills because of the drought or something else. State and local officials say there may be more coyotes coming into the urban area, but have no actual numbers. “There have been increasing calls throughout the whole Los Angeles County because of the drought,” said Brenda Sanchez, spokeswoman for the county Department Animal Care and Control. “They’re coming down to look for water because the creeks are dry,” Sanchez said. “People have bird baths and water in their grass.” One reason for the lack of specific numbers is that there are a number of agencies that deal with coyotes. All of them only respond in cases where there is a danger. “If someone just sees a coyote walking through an area, that’s not a problem,” said Ken Pellman, spokesman for the county Agriculture Commissioner’s Office, another agency that deals with coyotes. “If they’re not harming anyone they shouldn’t be bothered.” Only if a coyote is approaching people or running off with pets would his office respond, Pellman said. The state Department of Fish and Game responds to what are called “public safety issues.” “Let’s say a person is walking their dog and a coyote comes after them, then it’s not a pet issue but a personal safety issue,” said Harry Morse, spokesman for the Department of Fish and Game. “Then we respond.” But in the Southern California region with about 20 million people, his department responds only about once a week, Morse said. Residents in the Whittier area are more likely to see coyotes because of increasing development, he said. “The orange groves are gone,” he said. “Over the 20 years, we’ve reduced the habitat for any type of wildlife. There’s a remnant of population that has to adapt to living in urban areas.” The coyote has proven that it can adapt, Morse said. So much so that coyotes recently were seen in downtown Chicago, he said. “When the last nuclear cloud is done, two things will come out: cockroaches and coyotes,” he said. Dan Cooper, ecologist for the Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Preservation Authority, said coyotes don’t pose a problem for humans. “They really don’t (attack people),” Cooper said. “Dogs attack people 1,000 times more often. I’d be much more concerned seeing a dog walk down the street.” Coyotes are scavengers, he said. They’re just looking for trash. “People need to realize that coyotes are not an enemy to humans,” he said. “They just co-exist in this area with people. It’s like being against the rain,” he said. “It gets you wet. It’s not a good or bad thing. It just is.” But there are things people can do to keep coyotes from coming into their backyard and posing a problem to their pet dog or cat, according to recommendations from the Agriculture Commissioner’s Office. Never feed or attempt to tame coyotes. Don’t leave pet food out in the back yards. Do not leave small children or pets outside unattended. Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house. Trim ground-level shrubbery to reduce hiding places. If followed by a coyote, make loud noises. If this fails, throw rocks in the animal’s direction. These are all good ideas, said Dolores Hays, a neighbor of Melcher’s, who has heard of and seen coyotes in her area. Hays said she saw a coyote in her backyard and her neighbor saw one while driving. “I walk the area every night and I’ve told as many people as I can (about coyotes),” Hays said. “People should be aware that we do have coyotes in our neighborhood.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Holly Melcher of unincorporated West Whittier isn’t likely to forget the early morning hours of Sept. 14. A coyote came into her backyard and attacked her dog. She had taken her Chihuahuas, Doxxy and Precious, out into her yard when a coyote nudged the gate open and grabbed one dog by the neck. “I stood up and said, `You drop my dog or I will eat you,”‘ she said. “`I will have you on my barbecue.’ The coyote dropped the dog.” last_img

BMC agrees to give BEST ₹600 cr., with riders

Posted On Dec 1 2019 by

first_imgThe Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking to expand its fleet size to 7,000 buses within three months as a condition to receive grants from the corporation.According to a proposal, the BMC is willing to initially provide ₹600 crore to the ailing bus transport undertaking but has laid certain conditions. It has asked the bus undertaking to reduce the minimum fare of mini buses to ₹5 from the current ₹8. BEST will be asked to submit a report to the BMC after it complies with the conditions. The proposal will be discussed in Wednesday’s Standing Committee meetingSoon after taking charge, Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi had taken a decision in May to give a grant of ₹100 crore to BEST. In a meeting with the BEST administration, the BMC had recommended wet leasing of buses to increase its fleet, giving real-time updates of a bus’s current location at bus stops, commercial exploitation of BEST assets, among other meausres.The BMC had said the BEST administration needed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the BEST Workers’ Union to settle the long-standing dispute over the wet leasing of buses. The crucial MoU was signed last week, where the administration agreed to retain 3,337 buses of its fleet while the union allowed for further fleet expansion through the wet lease model. BMC will be giving the BEST ₹600 crore as subsidy, out of which ₹400 crore will be given from its contingency fund and the rest from another fund available with BMC.Once the proposal is passed in the Standing Committee and agreed upon by all parties, the BMC will disburse ₹100 crore to the BEST. However, further disbursals will happen only once the administration starts implementing the conditions. The BMC will have to create a new budget head, for which it requires permission from the Standing Committee and corporation.Activists have said the reduction of fare was a welcome step but only if executed across all routes, and not in a piecemeal manner. “We feel grants should be made unilaterally and not with conditions to wet lease. BEST is, after all, a public service,” transport expert Hussain Indorewala said.A senior BEST official said the condition to procure 7,000 buses was difficult and the issue of fare reduction will need to be analysed better. “Our main focus was to ensure the execution of the contract given for 450 buses. We want to ensure that the buses arrive in the next few months and their operations begin,” the official said.last_img read more


BCCI felicitates Under-19 World Cup champions

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