Coyote
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With the beautiful weather upon us many residents are visiting our local parks for leisurely walks and other outdoor activities. In months past we have received calls informing us of coyote sightings in and around the city.  We ask that you continue to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings when visiting our local parks and community. Coyotes may have new baby pups and although they are cute, they are wild animals. By nature, coyotes are fearful of humans and tend to follow travel paths along railroad tracks, riverbeds, and open fields.

The City is currently working with the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA) and California Department of Fish & Wildlife to address this issue.  

Useful tips:

  • Never feed or attempt to “tame” a coyote.
  • Put trash in tightly closed containers that cannot be tipped over.
  • Do not leave small children or small pets unattended.
  • Do not leave pet food outside and bring pets in at night.
  • When visiting parks or other open areas, always keep your pet on a leash.
  • Put away bird feeders at night to avoid rodents and other coyote prey from gathering on your property.
  • Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.

If coyotes are given access to human food and garbage, their behavior changes and they lose caution and fear. They might threaten human safety, cause property damage, and may be killed as a result. Relocating a problem coyote is not an option because it only moves the problem to someone else’s neighborhood.

If you happen to come in contact with a coyote remember the acronym SMART

Stop
Make yourself as big and intimidating as possible
Announce! – Yell and make eye contact, but never turn away from a coyote
Repeat
Teach others the SMART method

You can report coyote sightings to the Department of Public Safety at (562) 929-5732 or SEAACA Animal Control at (562) 803-3301.  Please include a description, location, date and time of sighting.

For more information regarding coyotes you can visit:

California Department of Fish & Wildlife: "Keep Me Wild"

YouTube: "How to Haze a Coyote"

 

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