There was a coyote incident involving a 5-year old that occurred on March 15, 2018, at California State University–Los Angeles. We understand that many in the community are concerned about coyotes. The City takes concerns about coyotes very seriously and has an active Coyote Management Program (PDF) with a keen focus on public safety.
While the City has various tools available for coyote management, it is important that residents are aware of what they can also do to keep coyotes in the wild and away from our neighborhoods. Safeguard your family and property through hazing and removing attractants:
- Basic hazing consists of standing your ground, never ignoring or turning your back to a coyote(s), yelling and making unpleasant and frightening noises until they choose to leave.
- Sometimes coyotes do not respond to basic hazing and aggressive hazing is needed. This consists of approaching an animal quickly and aggressively throwing projectiles like rocks or tennis balls toward the animal, spraying with a hose, water gun containing water or white vinegar.
- Create fear of contact so the animal leaves the situation; use a whistle, horn, bell, bang pots/pans, stomp your feet.
- KEEP hazing until the coyote is out of site.
- NEVER RUN AWAY FROM A COYOTE
- Chaperone your pets when they are outside. Do not leave them outside overnight.
- Keep pets on a leash when outdoors.
- Do not feed coyotes or any other wildlife.
- Keep pet food inside.
- Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, chickens, etc.
- Keep garbage in tightly closed containers that cannot be tipped over.
- Remove sources of water, especially in dry climates.
- Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting rodents and other coyote prey.
- Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.
- Learn proper, effective hazing techniques.
- Ask your neighbors to follow these tips.
- Schedule a neighborhood meeting (City staff is available to attend upon request)
The City is also implementing "Wildlife Watch" in coordination with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and other Peninsula cities. Wildlife Watch volunteers are available to meet with your neighborhood to discuss hazing strategies and ways to safeguard homes and neighborhoods. A Peninsula Wildlife Watch Community Meeting is being planned for April, with subsequent training – more details will be provided soon once dates and location are confirmed.
If your neighborhood, HOA or Neighborhood Watch group is interested in learning or sharing more, please contact the Code Enforcement Officer, Rudy Monroy at (310) 544-5296.
Report Coyote encounters, incidents, and attacks to one of the following:
- Code Enforcement Officer, Rudy Monroy (310) 544-5296
- Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures Department – Pest Management Division at (626) 575-5462.
- ONLINE Reporting page
FOR ALL EMERGENCIES OR UNDER IF YOU ARE UNDER DIRECT/IMMEDIATE THREAT CALL 911
Rudy MonroyCode Enforcement OfficerPhone: 310-544-5296
Kevin LeCode Enforcement OfficerPhone: 310-544-5299
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