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Coyotes kill gazelle, steenbok at Los Angeles Zoo, cited by USDA
During a routine inspection it was determined that two to three coyotes killed two gazelles and a steenbok at the Los Angeles Zoo. It's possible that one of the gazelles killed was the one that only had three legs. Los Angeles Zoo cited by USDA for not having sufficient fencing.
According to USDA inspector and an animal care person at the Los Angeles Zoo two to three coyotes have been seen wandering in the perimeter of the zoo for the last few months. Given that the coyotes are still within the perimeter fence it is possible that unauthorized animals may enter the enclosures and kill animals. This problem must be corrected by December 15, 2013. Signed by Dr. Alexandra Andricos.
The USDA states that there must be a perimeter fence around the zoo animals so people and other animals cannot enter unauthorized. Coyotes can jump six foot walls and climb gates. The Zoo must correct this problem. In the meantime they are bringing small hoofed animals in at night and monitoring the area.
You can search USDA permits here.
Below is the report from USDA.
Los Angeles Zoo Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California. Mary Cummins