Coyote sightings often prompt owners to keep their small pets indoors. But what do you do when a coyote breaks into your home? This is what a resident of Woodland Hills experienced.
Julie Levine runs a non-profit dog rescue called Canine Rescue Connection.
Saturday morning around 1 a.m., at home, Levine received a visit from a dog she was not expecting.
Surveillance footage captured the moment the coyote entered his home through a dog door and spent about three minutes inside.
“He walked along this pathway like you see in the video, jumped right here, the motion sensor lights came on and he found the dog door,” Levine said.
Levine didn’t realize she had an intruder until her senior rescue dogs started barking.
“I think he walked three quarters of the way down the hall and maybe saw us and kind of realized what he was up against and kind of took off,” Levine said. “I have beagles and that’s what the tracking was, they got the smell in their nose and they just went crazy,”
The coyote had already escaped, Levine checked her cameras to figure out what it was and couldn’t believe what she saw.
Although coyotes rarely attack humans, in April a coyote attacked a child at Huntington Beach Pier, leaving her with facial injuries.
Entering a house is also not something you often hear about, but coyotes have been known to injure and even kill small pets.
“They’re bold, they’re smart, they search for food, they search for water, and they might just bring some friends next time,” Levine said.
Levine thinks this coyote has been in his neighborhood before. Just last week, surveillance cameras captured this video of his neighbor chasing a coyote from his property.
“Coyotes are out there, we all know they can climb fences. It was a 6-foot fence,” Levine said.
Levine says she’s grateful the coyote didn’t reach her dogs and will take extra steps to keep her precious pups safe.
Now Levine’s dog house door is closed and she wants to make sure it never happens again.