The Times podcast: Coyotes go urban; humans freak out

A coyote catches a small rodent
A coyote catches a small rodent in Costa Mesa in 2021.
(Raul Roa / Times Community News)

In June, at a Manhattan Beach City Council meeting, residents lined up to share their concerns about a predator that roams their streets, terrorizing them and killing their pets: coyotes. They’re an important part of the American West, but suburbanites are now advocating for their wholesale extermination. But is there another option, a way to co-exist peacefully?

Today, we examine this controversy.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times reporter Louis Sahagún


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