The brouhaha over a pack of coyotes and their impending demise this week after North Glendale residents complained of their presence to L.A. County officials brought an important lesson to the fore. In a city with several urban areas wedged up against wildland, there’s bound to be turf wars between humans and wildlife.
As the hubbub unfolded, what started as a plan to remove — by trapping and euthanasia — a pack of coyotes that have taken up residence at a vacant, fire-gutted home on Brockmont Drive turned into a public uproar among those believe that the response to wildlife in urban areas shouldn’t be death.
But residents who complain of the threat posed by coyotes to their pets, and possibly even small children, need to realize that the ultimate official response will be just that. Unlike bears or mountain lions, coyotes cannot be simply trapped and relocated in the wild.