Laguna Beach Animal Services have been trying to trap a coyote since a May 28th incident where a coyote attacked a woman's dog. The coyote and woman fought over the dog, and though she finally got it away from the coyote, the dog died.
Animal Services got a call that the coyote was cornered. They had the coyote in their sights, but the animal ended up getting away. "We had it locked down and were ready to deploy a dart," Laguna Beach Animal Services Officer Joy Falk said "If we had a clear shot without endangering anyone, we would have taken a shot." So the coyote is still on the lam.
Animal Services have traps set up around the area. Area residents have been informed to leave the traps alone, and stay away from them. There is concern that residents in the area are feeding coyotes. Feeding coyotes is not helpful, it will only end up getting them killed. It is against California law to relocate coyotes, so in these cases they are trapped and killed. Also when humans feed coyotes they will associate food with humans, and do not try to forage their own natural food sources. From Laguna Beach Patch .