General Coyote Information
Coyotes are smart canines that have learned to live comfortably along side people in residential neighborhoods. Wildlife experts agree that people have played a part in this phenomenon by being careless with food and garbage.
The City of Buena Park has experienced varying levels of coyote activity for several years, including sightings and attacks on pets. Increases in the frequency of these incidents are usually related to a disturbance in their habitat or the presence of new litters of coyote pups. Coyote activity typically increases in the spring and summer.
It is imperative that residents take preventive measures to help deter wildlife from visiting and staying in your neighborhood. Many steps can be taken to protect you and your property from coyotes and other wildlife:
- Keep cats and small dogs indoors or in close presence of an adult
- Teach children to avoid areas with dense vegetation or brush
- Feed pets indoors
- Remove potential food/water sources from your yard, such as fallen fruit and standing water
- Avoid using bird feeders as they attract rodents and other coyote prey
- Install motion-sensor 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
The most serious coyote concern is that they become habituated to people, lose their fear of humans and become bolder. This is caused by feeding them, either indirectly or directly. Never feed wildlife - food, garbage, water, fallen fruit are all food sources and will attract them.
The City is currently drafting a detailed Coyote Management Plan outlining strategies and guidelines for different scenarios. Staff has been meeting with California Department of Fish & Wildlife representatives regarding this management plan.
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