Environment: Coyotes in the City

Sometimes in groups, more often alone, they swagger through Bel Air, Brentwood, Malibu and other smart-set residential areas around Los Angeles, ignoring keep-out signs, crashing uninvited into swimming pools and filling the night air with unholy howling. Hollywood partygoers gone astray? Marauding hippies from Haight-Ashbury? No, these intruders in the hills and canyons around tinsel town are, of all things, a new breed of citified coyotes.

To hear some irate Angelenos tell it, coyotes have not only invaded the city's ever spreading residential areas but are also wreaking vengeance on encroaching civilization by...

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