Photo by Dawn Beattie from Morro Bay, CA, USA (Coyote, canus latrans Uploaded by snowmanradio) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Example of a coyote. Photo by Dawn Beattie from Morro Bay, CA, USA (Coyote, canus latrans Uploaded by snowmanradio) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The city of Glendora plans to orchestrate a search-and- destroy operation Wednesday against three brazen coyotes that attacked a mastiff, slightly injuring the large canine.

City officials said in a statement cited by the Los Angeles Times that a Glendora resident was walking her mastiff on a leash near Snapdragon Lane and Elderberry Drive at around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday when “a coyote attacked the dog seemingly without reason,” and two other coyotes joined in.

“The coyotes were fended off by the resident, who threw rocks at the three coyotes, and a witness who assisted by clapping her hands and yelling at the coyotes,” the statement said.

The dog suffered minor puncture wounds to his neck and will be examined by a veterinarian and quarantined pending the results of blood tests, city officials said. The dog is expected to make a full recovery.

The coyote encounter was investigated by the Glendora Police Department along with the Inland Valley Humane Society, and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife has been notified, according to the city.

As a result of this incident occurring in broad daylight, with a large pet and a human in close proximity, the City of Glendora has decided it is necessary to take reactive action,” according to the city.

The city has contracted with a professional trapping company that will trap and euthanize the animals. The traps, which are designed so that they will not harm unintended wildlife,” will be deployed Wednesday near the site of the attack and in other  locations determined by the trapping company, officials said.

The city has asked residents to report coyote sightings to the Glendora Police Department at (626) 914-8250.

—City News Service

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