Glendale Coyotes Will Not Be Trapped, Killed

By Olsen Ebright
|  Tuesday, Sep 13, 2011  |  Updated 11:45 AM PDT
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A pack of coyotes that took over a burned-out home in Glendale will not be trapped, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Agriculture.

The home, located in the 300 block of Brockmont Drive, was damaged in a fire Nov. 26, 2010. Recently a pack of at least six coyotes moved in, said neighbors Terry and Cathy Molloy. One of the coyotes ate the Molloys' cat.

Officials were at the home Monday deciding whether or not to trap the animals, a drastic option that usually ends with euthanasia.

On Tuesday, the Department of Agriculture released a statement, saying the animals would not be trapped.

"The [Department] only addresses situations with aggressive coyotes posing a danger to human life. Trapping is a last resort. It is just one of the possibilities considered when there are concerns about coyotes," wrote the department.

"It does not appear to be necessary at this time to trap the coyotes," wrote the department.

Officials said the coyotes will leave without a problem once the home is "tended to," which according to the department, is currently in the works. The home is reportedly scheduled for demolition this week.

"We appreciate the efforts of area residents to maintain their own property so as to not attract wildlife or encourage wildlife to depend on hand-outs from humans. This protects humans and domestic animals. It is important for the ecosystem to keep coyotes wild, rather than encouraging them to be dependent on humans," wrote the department.

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