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Los Alamitos to start killing coyotes tonight

September 2, 2008 | 12:59 pm

Coyotes_in_the_crosshairs For the second year in a row, Los Alamitos is acting to reduce the coyote population by hiring a pest control service from Chino Hills. Residents have complained about coyotes roaming the streets and attacking pets in backyards, so the city's shelling out $2,500 per week to have the animals trapped and then killed by lethal injection. The OC Register has details:

The company, which starts its work today, catches the night prowlers using a padded trap that snags a coyote's leg and then kills the animal using lethal injection.

The city has received one report of an attack and about a dozen reports of sightings in the past three weeks, officials said.

City officials were happy enough with the results of the eradication program last year to try it again. The California Department of Fish and Game, meanwhile, warns that without the wily predators, the rodent population will rise, which could result in an increase of coyotes a few years down the line.

And just fyi -- the coyote in this photo is in Hidden Valley.

-- Veronique de Turenne

Photo credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times