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Seeing a coyote walking down a busy street is not as uncommon as most would think. Recent coyote activity around Southern California has given reason for reminding residents of important safeguards to protect lives and property against these wild animals.
Contrary to popular belief, coyotes do not require open space to survive, and have successfully adapted to living in close proximity to humans.
Coyotes are found in every state of the nation, except for Hawaii, says the U.S. Humane Society, which promotes techniques to compassionately co-exist with coyotes and protect you and your pets. Some techniques include:
Long Beach Animal Care Services recommends calling them at (562) 570-7387(PETS) to report all Coyote sightings and determine if an Animal Control Officer is needed. Sightings can also be reported online using the link below. If the coyote is posing an imminent threat to life, call 911.
- Never feeding coyotes or any other wildlife.
- Keeping pets and pet food inside. If feeding outside, feed pets during the day (no more than one hour) and remove the food and water bowls when finished.
- Staying close to your pet when taking them outdoors and always keeping them on a leash, especially from dusk through early morning hours.
- Removing fallen fruit from the ground.
- Bagging food wastes such as meat scraps or leftover pet food.
- Keeping trash in containers with tight-fitting lids.
- Using "hazing" techniques to shoo away coyotes, such as standing tall, yelling and waving arms while approaching the coyote; using a whistle, air horn, bell or other device; banging pots or pans together; stomping your feet; using a water hose, pepper spray, or throwing tennis balls or rocks at the coyote.
- Never running away from a coyote.
Report a Coyote Sighting
Click here for the Coyote Iclips Video.
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