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Coyote Sightings Prompt Safety and Prevention Reminders

Release Date: 2015-07-14

Seeing a coyote walking down a busy City street isn’t as uncommon as most would think. Recent coyote activity around Long Beach and surrounding areas gives reason for reminding residents of important safeguards to protect pet lives and property against these wild animals.

Contrary to popular belief, coyotes do not require open space to survive, and have successfully adapted to living in close proximity to humans. Coyotes are most active at dusk and dawn, and in urban environments they are more active at night. However, they can be seen at any time of day.

An Animal Control Officer will respond to coyote calls if the coyote is sick or injured, out in the daytime in areas around people, especially children, such as parks or schools or anytime there is an attack or threatening behavior towards a person or pet.

According to the U.S. Humane Society, "Coyotes are found in every state of the nation, except for Hawaii". It is important to learn techniques to compassionately co-exist with coyotes and protect yourself and your pets." The following techniques are recommended:

• Never feed coyotes or any other wildlife.
• Keep pets, especially cats and small dogs, and pet food inside. If feeding outside, feed pets during the day (no more than one hour) and remove the food bowls when finished.
• Stay close to your pet when taking them outdoors and always keep them on a
leash, especially from dusk through early morning hours.
• Remove fallen fruit from the ground.
• Bag food wastes such as meat scraps or leftover pet food.
• Keep trash in containers with tight-fitting lids.
• Use “hazing” techniques to shoo away coyotes, such as standing tall, yelling and
waving arms while approaching the coyote; using a whistle, air horn, bell or other device; banging pots or pans together; stomping your feet; using a water hose, pepper spray, or throwing tennis balls or rocks at the coyote.
• Never run from a coyote.

For more information about coyotes go to www.longbeach.gov/acs.

Long Beach Animal Care Services is requesting the assistance of the community. By educating yourself and your neighbors and using hazing techniques to keep coyotes wild, you can help to establish a peaceful co-existence and help make Long Beach the safest large City for people and animals. Please contact us to obtain flyers to give to your neighbors or to schedule a speaker for a neighborhood watch or community meeting.

To report Coyote Sightings you can email animalcare@longbeach.gov or call Long Beach Animal Care Services at (562)570-7387(PETS) to determine if an Animal Control Officer is needed. If the coyote is posing an imminent threat to life, call 911.

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