Laguna Beach police are stepping up their efforts to deal with a coyote problem in Laguna Woods after a dog was killed and its owner injured Tuesday in the neighborhood's most recent attack by a coyote.
Coyotes have roamed the neighborhood in recent months, killing cats and dogs. In May, a woman was bitten on the hand as she tried to save her dog in the 700 block of Avenida Majorca. And on Tuesday, 64-year-old Karen Sherif was cut and bruised as she was knocked over when a coyote went after her Yorkshire terrier.
Authorities have set traps for the wild animals in recent months and distributed fliers around the neighborhood warning residents to secure trash cans, avoid leaving food out on their porches and keep their pets inside at night.
After Tuesday's incident, Lt. Jason Kravetz of the Laguna Beach Police Department said authorities are asking neighboring areas for additional help in combating the coyote problem. They're also looking for the coyote behind Tuesday's 10 a.m. attack.