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August 29, 2012
Re: " Coyotes sightings and Twitter critter tips ," Carol Cormaci's Piece of Mind column, Aug. 23. Wow, I could have written her exact words. I see the same coyote the Cormacis do, usually at exactly 6:55 a.m. The one coyote I have seen later in the day is a smaller, younger one. I contacted the animal control agency in Pasadena to ask what I can do to protect myself, and to see if there is any way to get him to leave our neighborhood. The upshot is, not much. For protection, you basically need to make yourself seem menacing by whaling your arms up and yelling; you can buy an air horn or a big toy water gun to spray at him; or put some stones or coins in a can and rattle it. He needs to feel you have the upper hand.
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By Ruth Longoria | October 23, 2008
Four aggressive attacks by coyotes on Alta Canyada area pets within one week, last week, led one La Cañadan to find a way to educate the public and remove some of the danger. “We don’t want to kill the coyotes, just relocate them,” said Debbie Johannes, who recently started the “We love Finney and Friends hotline.” Johannes hopes residents will call the hotline, (818) 790-0476, if a pet is missing in the area, if there are unusual sightings of coyotes in “peculiar areas,” mountain lions or other aggressive predatory animals, or if someone knows of a pet that has been killed or injured by wild animals in the area, within the past five years.
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By Julie Battaglia | March 23, 2006
La Cañada Girl Scout Troop 561 has designated March 26-April 1 as "Protect Your Pets Awareness Week." This special week was endorsed by the La Cañada Flintridge City Council at its March 20 meeting, as many La Cañada families have lost beloved pets to coyotes. The members of Girl Scout Troop 561 are hoping that more families will remember the importance of keeping their pets safe through this public awareness campaign. The campaign's slogan "From Dusk until Dawn, the Coyotes are On" will be included on posters placed throughout the city and on the campaign's website www.ProtectYourPets.
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March 26, 2009
Ten Years Ago Cortney Adams, then a junior at La Cañada High School, was named Rio Hondo League Player of the Year in girls’ basketball. Her coach was Dennis Ballard. Twenty Years Ago Preliminary talks were taking place between LCF City Hall and the city of Pasadena on beautifying the Oak Grove Drive center divider in front of La Cañada High. Pasadena has jurisdiction over the northbound lanes and the center divider, with La Cañada having responsibility for the southbound lanes.
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By Lauren Oakes | April 23, 2009
I was recently sitting with a fairly new member of our hospital guild, awaiting the arrival of the rest of the nominating committee, and we got to talking about where she grew up. That turned out to be on Orange Tree Lane here in town. I mentioned a minor auto accident that had happened on that tiny street. “I’m the one who saw that!” she exclaimed. And I said, “My mom’s the one whose property was damaged by that car!” At which point she looked at me in amazement and blurted out, “Erma was your MOTHER?
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By Carol Cormaci | October 23, 2008
Peafowl, mountain lions and coyotes, beware! Your days of harassing and attacking area pets and households might be numbered, as local citizens are banding together to effect your disappearance from our streets. The outcry was heard loud and clear during Monday night’s city council meeting. (Like some kind of junkie I tune into the community access TV channel for council meetings. I don’t advise you to get started unless you have a high tolerance for long hearings and don’t mind missing “Dancing with the Stars.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 21, 2011
La Cañada Flintridge residents welcomed a visit from yet another member of the animal kingdom last Sunday when a bobcat took a stroll down Melinda Thompson and Bill Scherkey's front porch on the 1400 block of Flanders Road. With multiple bear sightings of coyotes and bears already having occurred this year, bobcats are just the latest critter to make appearances here. Glenn Houser of the 5000 block of Jarvis Avenue also encountered a bobcat on the morning of Aug. 9. Ricky Whitman of the Pasadena Humane Society said that bobcats are a common sight in foothill areas.
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By Carol Cormaci | July 19, 2007
Deer are invading her Hampstead Road neighborhood, Charlotte Dewey told the City Council Monday night, and she hopes the city will take some steps to abate the problem. Dewey, a longtime La Cañadan, said that for the first 15 years of residence here she and her family never saw a deer on their street, "but now we see whole herds." She also noted that coyotes, natural predators of deer, seem to have vanished. "We never see a coyote," Dewey said. Her concern, she said, is that with the extended dry period experienced in the Southland this year, plants are stressed, hillsides are becoming barren due to the deer eating plants down to the ground and there is a greater potential for damaging mudslides when the next rainy season arrives.
NEWS
February 5, 2007
Letters to the Editor No Chickens I have read with great alarm that the planning board will be allowing every residence in La Cañada to have chickens. Up until this point, chickens and roosters have been banned in La Cañada. If the ordinance passes, the city will be harmed in a myriad of ways. Property values will decline because chickens create excessive noise and smell. There was a flock of chickens in a yard adjacent to my residence recently and I can assure readers that even one chicken will create an intolerable presence in our community.
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February 28, 2013
A coyote who appeared sick wandered around a hillside neighborhood in La Cañada Flintridge Thursday morning, stopping to eat avocados and drink pond water, according to residents. Marilynn and Charles Howard, who live on Lone Pine Lane, spotted the coyote a few times over the past two days. The animal first appeared in their driveway on Wednesday and was limping badly, said Charles Howard. “It just doesn't look healthy,” he said. “It looks very strange for a coyote.” Howard said he watched the coyote eat avocados from an avocado tree in a neighbor's yard.
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August 29, 2012
Re: " Coyotes sightings and Twitter critter tips ," Carol Cormaci's Piece of Mind column, Aug. 23. Wow, I could have written her exact words. I see the same coyote the Cormacis do, usually at exactly 6:55 a.m. The one coyote I have seen later in the day is a smaller, younger one. I contacted the animal control agency in Pasadena to ask what I can do to protect myself, and to see if there is any way to get him to leave our neighborhood. The upshot is, not much. For protection, you basically need to make yourself seem menacing by whaling your arms up and yelling; you can buy an air horn or a big toy water gun to spray at him; or put some stones or coins in a can and rattle it. He needs to feel you have the upper hand.
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By Carol Cormaci | August 22, 2012
My sharp-eyed husband has noticed the same young adult coyote traveling on our street at about 7 a.m. and again during the dinner hour at least several days a week this summer. Our guess is that he's literally doing circles on his search for food, as he's always moving in an easterly direction when we happen to see him around our neighborhood, between Angeles Crest Highway and Commonwealth Avenue. While Gil has had the most encounters with the wild canine, I have seen him on a few occasions, most eerily one evening last week when I pulled into our driveway on returning home from the office.
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May 16, 2012
I went into my garden the other day and made a gruesome discovery. My neighbor's cat, who has been a long-standing companion whenever I garden, had been killed by coyotes. When I went to notify the neighbor of my disheartening find, I found a large bowl of kibble on the front porch, and nobody home. It was several days before the kitty's owner contacted me. She had been out of town and brightly asked, “Do you have my kitty?” Well, I did, and the kitty was dead. As a lifelong resident of the foothills, I know to never leave out any kind of food that could attract coyotes, let alone leave my pets locked out. This poor, but certainly loved, cat was set up to be a coyote meal by the very humans upon whom she depended.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 21, 2011
La Cañada Flintridge residents welcomed a visit from yet another member of the animal kingdom last Sunday when a bobcat took a stroll down Melinda Thompson and Bill Scherkey's front porch on the 1400 block of Flanders Road. With multiple bear sightings of coyotes and bears already having occurred this year, bobcats are just the latest critter to make appearances here. Glenn Houser of the 5000 block of Jarvis Avenue also encountered a bobcat on the morning of Aug. 9. Ricky Whitman of the Pasadena Humane Society said that bobcats are a common sight in foothill areas.
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By Mary O’Keefe | June 4, 2009
For residents along the foothills, signs of lost dogs and cats remind everyone that they live up against wilderness and share their beautiful surroundings with coyotes. A local couple are mourning the loss of their beloved dog, Teddy who fell victim to a coyote attack in his own backyard on Monarch Drive. ?We?ve lived here 11 years and have never had a coyote in our backyard before,? said Cyndy Mayer. On one recent evening, Mayer and her husband Marty let their two small dogs, Daisy and Teddy, out a back door of their home to a small grassy area, for about five minutes.
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By Lauren Oakes | April 23, 2009
I was recently sitting with a fairly new member of our hospital guild, awaiting the arrival of the rest of the nominating committee, and we got to talking about where she grew up. That turned out to be on Orange Tree Lane here in town. I mentioned a minor auto accident that had happened on that tiny street. “I’m the one who saw that!” she exclaimed. And I said, “My mom’s the one whose property was damaged by that car!” At which point she looked at me in amazement and blurted out, “Erma was your MOTHER?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2009
Ten Years Ago Cortney Adams, then a junior at La Cañada High School, was named Rio Hondo League Player of the Year in girls’ basketball. Her coach was Dennis Ballard. Twenty Years Ago Preliminary talks were taking place between LCF City Hall and the city of Pasadena on beautifying the Oak Grove Drive center divider in front of La Cañada High. Pasadena has jurisdiction over the northbound lanes and the center divider, with La Cañada having responsibility for the southbound lanes.
NEWS
By Ruth Longoria | October 23, 2008
Four aggressive attacks by coyotes on Alta Canyada area pets within one week, last week, led one La Cañadan to find a way to educate the public and remove some of the danger. “We don’t want to kill the coyotes, just relocate them,” said Debbie Johannes, who recently started the “We love Finney and Friends hotline.” Johannes hopes residents will call the hotline, (818) 790-0476, if a pet is missing in the area, if there are unusual sightings of coyotes in “peculiar areas,” mountain lions or other aggressive predatory animals, or if someone knows of a pet that has been killed or injured by wild animals in the area, within the past five years.
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