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Officials across Southern California have seen an increase in coyote activity in residential areas and public parks
| Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015

coyote4Coyotes live throughout the region and are often seen year ’round.  Normally, coyotes pose no threat to humans and keep their distance.  But if they have access to food and garbage, they lose their fear of humans and can become aggressive.

Feeding coyotes encourages them to cluster in busy areas and approach people.  The main areas of concern are open park space, hiking trails, brush areas, picnic areas, and children’s play areas.

 

City, county, and state officials urge the public to follow these safety guidelines:

* Never feed coyotes.

* Do not approach coyotes for any reason.

* Closely supervise all children while in public parks and open spaces.

* Keep pets on leash and close by at all times.

* Keep pet food and water dishes inside.

* Secure food and trash at all times and remove all sources of water.

* If a coyote approaches or acts aggressively, throw rocks, make noise, look big, and pick up small children and pets. Do not turn your back to the animal.

* If a coyote is frequently seen around schoolyards or playgrounds or is acting aggressively, contact your local animal control or the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) at (858) 467-4201 or the Los Angeles City Park Rangers at (323) 644-6661.

* >If a coyote attacks, call 911. The county’s Veterinary Public Health Program works with bite victims to ensure they receive proper care, and CDFW is notified of all attacks.

 

In the City of Los Angeles, the Department of Recreation and Parks has responded to increased coyote activity in parks with a number of preventive actions:
* Installation of additional “No Feeding Wildlife” signs.

* Verification that sealed trash cans have coyote proof lids.

* Increase of trash removal to twice a day.

* Removal of nearby overgrown brush and hanging bushes to improve visibility.

* Increased patrols by park rangers and Security Services Division.

* Distribution of educational pamphlets to park visitors.

 

 

For more information on living responsibly with wildlife, please visit www.keepmewild.com.

 

lacopublichealthThe Department of Public Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of the nearly 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health oversees environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Public Health comprises nearly 4,000 employees and has an annual budget exceeding $900 million. To learn more about the LA County Department of Public Health and the work they do, visit PublicHealth.LACounty.gov, and follow Public Health on social media at twitter.com/LAPublicHealth, facebook.com/LAPublicHealth, and youtube.com/LAPublicHealth.

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9 Comments

  1. Susan Staudt Susan Staudt says:

    i love them and never was fearful when I live in 90290 I saw them daily.

  2. Javi says:

    Guess what? Its Open Season year round with no limit whatsoever on Coyotes. If you have a hunting license, go out and kill as many as you can.

  3. Gee Hawd Gee Hawd says:

    Their hungry. Poor creatures.

  4. Stop being pussy towards them, and they’ll stop being so bold. There’ll be less missing small pets.
    If they’re so hungry, maybe it’s an overpopulation issue; they’re nowhere near endangered, yet finding easy prey in housecats and small dogs.
    It really ain’t hard to scare a pack of them off if you stand above 4ft.

  5. When you build deeper into the hills you start moving in on their territory.

  6. Awesome animals, hope they find the food and water they need.

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