Coyote Sightings Updated: Apr 5, 2022
To assist in minimizing a potential conflict with a coyote, residents are encouraged to follow the tips provided to minimize interaction with wildlife:
§ Never approach or touch a coyote.
§ Never intentionally feed a coyote.
§ Eliminate all outside food sources, especially pet food.
§ Make sure garbage containers are secured.
§ Clear out wood and brush piles; they are a habitat for mice and may attract coyotes.
§ Do not allow pets to roam free when coyotes are present—consider keeping pets indoors or accompany them outside, especially at night.
§ Never allow your pet to be alone in your yard. Coyotes can jump a 10-foot fence or block wall in one leap.
§ Upon seeing coyotes in your yard or nearby surroundings, first make sure pets are safely in the house. Small dogs and cats are easy prey for coyotes.
§ If you see coyotes around, make loud noises. Shout and yell. Toss small objects to scare them away.
§ If your garden hose is easily accessible, spray the coyotes with water. Let the coyotes clearly understand they are not welcome in the area.
§ If you happen to come in contact with a coyote remember the acronym SMART:
Make yourself as big and intimidating as possible
Announce! – Yell and make eye contact, but never turn away from a coyote
Teach others the SMART method
Frequently Asked Questions
Cats and dogs should be fed indoors, or if fed outdoors, food dishes should be promptly emptied and removed after pets have eaten. Store pet food indoors or in sealed heavy-duty containers. Use refuse containers that have tight-fitting lids to prevent raccoons, dogs, or coyotes from having access to household garbage. Keep small pets such as cats, rabbits, and small dogs indoors, or if outdoors, keep them within enclosed kennels. Large dogs should be brought inside after dark. Never allow cats or dogs to run free at any time, as they are easy prey. Coyotes that come in contact with domestic animals may transmit diseases; it is important to vaccinate all pets for rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and other diseases, as recommended by a veterinarian.
Because we share the community with wild animals, a coyote sighting should not automatically be considered a cause for concern. Reports of a coyote in distress or causing a threat can be called in to SEAACA at (562) 803-3301. Emergency situations should always be called in through 9-1-1.