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How to Report Coyote Sightings

Post Date:01/23/2019 2:21 pm

How to Report Coyote Sightings

Many residents throughout Orange County have expressed concerns about coyote sightings and the consequences of predator animals within the urban environment. Some residents have lost their pets to these skilled hunters be- cause they may not have been aware of recent coyote activity in the area. Coyote sightings can be easily reported on the City’s website on the Report a Coyote Sighting link under the “How Do I…” tab. Residents can view an interactive map of reported coyote encounters at www.ucanr.edu/coyotecacher.

Spring time is an active time for coyotes, as they are feeding and protecting their young pups. It is important to report all coyote sightings during this time, as well as take the appropriate precautions to protect you and your property from coyotes and other wildlife. The following list of helpful tips can be used to discourage coyotes and other wildlife activity in your neighborhood:

  • Keep cats and small dogs indoors or in close presence of an adult
  • Teach children to avoid areas with dense vegetation and brush
  • Feed pets indoors
  • Remove any potential food or water sources from your yard, such as fallen fruit and standing water
  • Store trash cans in an area where they cannot be easily tipped over
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around your home
  • Keep yards free of potential shelter such as thick brush and weeds
  • Enclose the bottoms of porches and/or decks
  • Fully enclose any outdoor animal enclosures
  • Avoid using bird feeders that may at- tract rodents and other coyote prey

Taking these preventive measures should help in deterring wildlife from visiting your property. Please remember that if the three life sustaining elements are available (food, water and shelter), you are likely to encounter some wildlife in your area.

OC Animal Care will respond to situations regarding any wildlife that is sick, injured, dead, or has had physical contact with a human or domestic animal. As always, if you feel there is an immediate danger, please call 911. For more information on the laws pertaining to urban wildlife, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov.

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