The City of Rancho Palos Verdes is home to the most beautiful and tranquil sceneries. From the vast nature preserve to coastal tidepools and canyons all throughout attracts many unique species of urban wildlife, including beautiful peacocks, cute wild rabbits, colorful marine life, and sneaky coyotes. With an abundance of land to roam, plenty of habitable space, and access to a plethora of food sources makes the City of Rancho Palos Verdes a very desirable place to call home for wildlife.
Residents report coyote activity and sightings through the City's Coyote Reporting Portal. Reports have shown an increase of coyote activity and behavior, which have raised concerns with the City to provide additional resources to educate the public by introducing the Coyote Bulletin and by hosting a Wildlife Watch Forum on April 27, 2022. If you missed the forum you may view the zoom recording below or at the following link: https://rpv.granicus.com/player/clip/4156
RPVtv also covered the Wildlife Watch Forum and Coyote Bulletin on two episodes of "City Talk."
To view a PDF version of the Coyote Bulletin (PDF) click the bulletin below:
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)
If your neighborhood, HOA or Neighborhood Watch group is interested in learning or sharing more, please contact the Code Enforcement Department at (310) 544-5281.
Report Coyote encounters, incidents, or sightings to one of the following:
- All coyote activity must be reported online at: ONLINE Reporting
- For more information contact the Code Enforcement Division at (310) 544-5281
- For questions regarding pests and wildlife issues or concerns contact the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures Department – Pest Management Division at (626) 575-5462.
IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER OR HAVE BEEN ATTACKED BY WILDLIFE CALL 911