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WOODLAND HILLS - The hunt is on for an elusive band of coyotes that has taken over the Pierce College In 2006 the Library won a national Excellence award. Academics
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A stalled construction project has ``landlocked'' the coyotes but school officials and wildlife experts so far have been unable to locate the den and remove the animals.
``We're just a big cafeteria for the coyotes,'' said Bill Lander, Pierce College's resident farmer, who lives on the 200 acres of farm land at the college. ``They're all over campus going through the trash cans. Administrators are worried about the students, especially at night, because of the possibility of rabies rabies (rā`bēz, ră`–) or hydrophobia (hī'drəfō`bēə), acute viral infection of the central nervous system in dogs, foxes, raccoons, skunks, bats, and other animals, and in or somebody getting bit.
``Coyotes are like serial killers. It's not if they'll take any livestock, it's just when.''
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They run for approximately 40 mi (64 km) east-west from the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles to Point Mugu in Ventura County. but rarely stay very long.
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The Pierce coyotes are the latest example of suburbia's battle with nature, a fight picked up by those who feel threatened by the carnivorous car·niv·o·rous
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``Unless someone is feeding coyotes in their back yard there really has been no reason for any fear of coyotes,'' he said. ``I see coyotes on my street on Ventura Boulevard Ventura Boulevard is one of the primary east-west thouroughfares in the San Fernando Valley; as it was originally a part of the El Camino Real (the trail between Spanish missions), Ventura Boulevard is the oldest route in the San Fernando Valley. It was also U.S. about once a month. Not six months ago, I was walking my dog, and a coyote challenged him to play and then eventually he went on his way. I have no fear of attack. I never have, and I never will.''
But some residents do.
From Ventura Boulevard to Rinaldi Street, residents have called city officials to report coyote sightings. In Northridge late last year, residents were so concerned about the animals, many parents barred their children from playing unsupervised in back yards.
City officials have tried to find a happy medium, issuing pamphlets educating the public about the wild animals WILD ANIMALS. Animals in a state of nature; animals ferae naturae. Vide Animals; Ferae naturae. and listing safety tips for a peaceful coexistence Peaceful coexistence was a theory developed during the Cold War among Communist states that they could peacefully coexist with capitalist states. This was in contrast to theories, such as those implied by some interpretations of antagonistic contradiction, that Communism and .
``Trapping is not an effective method for reducing the presence of coyotes, and most often does not result in removing the targeted animal,'' said Dan Knapp, general manager of the city's Animal Services Department. ``The coyote, when left alone, will regulate its own numbers. When a coyote is trapped, the remaining members will fill the vacancy with larger and stronger litters. When left alone, however, the coyote will regulate its own numbers.''
The city will allow trapping only if a coyote has rabies, is sick or injured, or is deemed a threat to the public health by county, state or federal authorities.
Al Avila, president of the Board of Animal Regulation Commission, is not surprised that coyote sightings in the Valley are up.
``They are not only in the foothill areas of the rim of the Valley, they are coming into the Valley flats,'' he said.
The furor over coyotes in the Valley is expected to come to a head within the next couple of months when the commission will hear from staff members on a report on coyotes, and review the department's policy.
While there haven't been any reports of attacks on humans at Pierce College, students report regularly seeing coyotes at all hours of the day.
Coyotes have dug at least two dens underneath trees in Canyon Delana, the nature center for biology and nature resources classes, hidden above the southwest portion of the campus. Lander said he has seen two adults and one young coyote on campus.
The school offers an array of fresh rodents, insects and cats. Pierce had been home to large colonies of stray cats that are fed by sympathetic students, faculty members and campus employees. But most of those cats have disappeared in the last few weeks.
``We think (the coyotes) have cut down our cat population,'' Lander said.
The horses are also a little bugged.
Pierce agriculture student Lira Vickers had a close encounter with a coyote recently while riding her 7-year-old mare, Lark, in the campus riding arena.
``We've seen them a couple of times,'' said the 46-year-old student, who boards Lark at the barn on campus. ``I enjoy seeing wildlife, but my horse didn't like it. She almost put me on the ground when the coyote popped up, because to her he's like a wolf. He's a predator to her.''
(1 -- 3 -- color) Footprints, left, serve as a reminder of the presence of coyotes at Pierce College, instilling fear for livestock, such as sheep and lambs, at top, which are being locked up at night, and bunnies, right, at the Woodland Hills campus.
(4) Pierce College resident farmer Bill Lander surveys farmland around the campus, where coyote sightings have become more common.
Andy Holzman and John McCoy/Staff Photographers