This strange item from the New York Post's Page 6 just forwarded to Chicken Corner: H'wood's Cannibals, Coyotes. In its entirety:
ARTIST and filmmaker James Tully witnessed a grisly scene last week in L.A., where he was pitching his screenplay "Prey," about Daniel Rakowitz, who killed a woman, turned her into soup and served her to homeless beggars in Tompkins Square Park. Tully, who wants his friend Crispin Glover to star, told us. "One night at around 2 a.m., I was hanging at Echo Park with my producer, Brian Butler. As we were discussing the gruesome details of the Rakowitz soup-cannibalism incident, a really cute blond coyote came bounding down the lawn and snatched a duck from the lake where the paddle boats are docked. The coyote then climbed back up, duck in mouth. The park was totally silent except for the crickets. Brian started laughing, saying he had 'conjured' the incident! My flight back to New York rescued me from the weird delirium on the West Coast. The next day on the Internet, I read that the L.A. County sheriff estimates the thriving L.A. coyote population has swelled to over 10,000. They subsist on rats and house cats."
Office hours: Hollywood runs late in Echo Park. Not sure what a duck meal for a coyote has to do with human cannibalism, but I do remember the Rakowitz story. Yuck.
Speaking of the ducks at Echo Park Lake, they don't seem to be having a good week. Yesterday Richard Cromelin sent me the following:
fyi, just down at the park, 2 ducks looked as if they'd run into an oil slick. on the shore by the lotus bed, about 5:30. People were looking at them, but didnt know what to do.