Hey NELA Hipsters, There's a New Babe in Town
You think you got swagger because you live in Northeast Los Angeles?
All eyes are on this new dog. She's young — only 7 to 9 months old — and she's so cool she's known only by her number, 146.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area announced this week that it has started tracking 146 to see what she'll do.
She was captured Sept. 23 and fitted with a GPS collar that can record eight locations per 24 hours, National Park Service officials said. She's known to haunt the areas of Northeast L.A. near the River (Frogtown represent).
Her number signifies that this babe is the 146th coyote to be tracked under a National Park Service study designed to help researchers "better understand how coyotes survive in extremely urbanized areas," according to a statement.
146 is one of three coyotes who have been tracked in urban L.A., officials said. They get around.
Park Service spokeswoman Kate Kuykendall says another coyote, 144, was quite the scenester west of downtown. 146 will have a lot of work to do to catch up.
Her predecessor was tracked in Westlake, Echo Park, Koreatown, East Hollywood, Larchmont Village, Windsor Square and Hancock Park, National Park Service officials said.
Unfortunately the battery in 144's collar died, and she's now in the wind.
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"It's really difficult to recapture coyotes, and there isn't much available space for capturing coyotes in the areas where she hangs out, so it's not very likely we'll be able to recapture her and replace the battery," Kuykendall said. "But we do hope to capture one of the animals in her pack so that we can continue learning about them."
The young, new coyote (146) is likely part of another pack of at least five, three juveniles and two adults, Park Service officials said. The clan was captured on camera in September. Researchers want to know how long the young ones stay with mom and dad and what routes they take when they make their own way in life.
"We’re very interested to learn how this animal is using the Los Angeles River,” said Justin Brown, a Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area biologist. "So far all of her recorded GPS locations have been confined to a 2-mile or so stretch on both sides of the river."
She might be cute, but don't feed 146 or try to pet her, experts say. Let her be free like the cool kid she is.
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