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Coyotes overrun Carson mobile home park

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What sounds like a man versus nature horror story is a terrifying reality for a mobile home community in Carson that’s being terrorized by a growing population of wild coyotes.

According to the Daily Breeze, residents of the Carson Harbor Village mobile home park are afraid to venture outside of their homes, especially with pets, of which almost two dozen have been attacked, injured or killed in less than a year.

“We are infested. We're prisoners in our own homes,” said Carson Harbor Village resident Luris Bell to the Daily Breeze. “We are living in a living hell in the park right now. (Coyotes) have multiplied and walk our streets day and night. They jump our fences. They kill our family pets. They destroy the quality of our lives.”

The owner of the park has refused to allow the city to trap coyotes on the property due to liability issues and protests from animal activists. City Council is currently considering legal options that would force the park owner to allow such trapping.

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Wily ways: Two Palm Desert women bitten by urban coyotes in 10 days

When a 69-year-old woman was bitten on the back of the leg by an “urban” coyote during a routine morning walk through her Palm Desert neighborhood, it marked the second such incident in the area in less than two weeks.

"I looked, and I said 'Oh my goodness,' and there he stands, very calm, nonchalant," said Amy Williams to ABC7.com of her confrontation with the wild animal after feeling something hit her leg during the pre-dawn stroll. "Not afraid of me at all. I think I was a little more nervous than he was."

Another human-coyote encounter occurred in the area recently when a woman, also 69 years old, was bitten while working in her backyard on June 14.

"The first lady was just gardening and it was in the evening. The coyote bit her. She thought she had gotten poked by a cactus in her garden," said John Welsh, Riverside County Animal Services spokesman to ABC-7.

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