Councilman Tom LaBonge replaced dozens of new signs in Griffith Park last week to bring more attention and caution to park visitors warning them about the possible dangers of feeding wildlife. This was brought to light after two separate incidences where people were “attacked” by coyotes in Griffith Park back in September and August of 2009. One man states he was sleeping on the grass near Travel Town when he felt a coyote biting on his foot.
At least 7 coyotes have been trapped and fatally shot by USDA trappers. These measure do seem a bit unnecessary, especially when there are so many alternatives these days to killing an animal….USDA is to only kill an animal if it poses an immediate threat to public safety.
The actual feeding of wildlife is illegal and dangerous. LaBonge, who actually hikes in the park every day, hopes to bring awareness to the public that feeding wildlife does not help the animals, it actually hurts them. In the instance stated above, the man near Travel Town was NOT feeding coyotes. Is the city spending money wisely by replacing the signs? Would the new signs deter someone who is out to feed wildlife?
Thanks to GriffithParkWayist for the correction on the picture post. Pictures have been updated.