"Coyotes howling into the night are as much a part of Calabasas as the aspiring screenwriters, retired moguls and stay-at-home mothers who crowd the coffee shops in the city's well-manicured mall."
"But that doesn't mean residents are at ease with the predators that roam this community nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Debbi Gillman remembers the afternoon her daughter came home to find the remains of the family's retriever-mix strewn across the backyard. And Jill Nevins said that when her children were small, they were afraid to take a walk after dark because they might run into a pack of coyotes.
Still, both are cautiously supportive of a decision this month to ban the capture and killing of coyotes in Calabasas and instead teach people how to coexist with the predators."
Catherine Saillant reports for the Los Angeles Times October 30, 2011.