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New Signs Remind Outdoor Enthusiasts 'Do Not Feed the Wildlife'

One of the new warning signs (Photo courtesy City of Los Angeles)
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The Thanksgiving holiday may find locals and their out-of-town guests alike taking in the beautiful outdoors as afforded to us with places like the historic Griffith Park and other wilderness recreation areas here in Los Angeles.

But that calm is only relative at times to park-goers actions. After two incidents logged in September alone, (including one that prompted a trapping) LA City Councilmember Tom LaBonge is issuing a warning today via signage in Griffith Park, according to a press release. "Don't Feed the Coyotes" is the basic message, and LaBonge himself will post the first new sign in a series of notices at Noon today near 5202 Zoo Drive.

Much like the warning on your hot McDonald's or Starbucks coffee, these signs aim to remind us that coyotes aren't dangerous, unless we don't take precautions. Wildlife experts assure park-goers that coyotes are not dangerous animals and do not usually approach humans...unless they’ve been fed by them.

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