Recent Coyote Activity Prompts City Issued Safety Reminders

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Coyote safety tips

Never run from a coyote.

Coyote activity has recently occurred in Long Beach and surrounding areas, and residents are reminded to follow important safeguards to protect pets and property against these wild animals. Coyotes are found in every state of the nation, except for Hawaii, and it’s not uncommon to see one walking down a busy street.

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.

The following techniques are recommended to compassionately co-exist with coyotes, and to protect yourself and your pets:

  • 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 pets when taking them outdoors, and always keep them on a leash, especially from dusk through early morning hours.
  • Remove fallen fruit from the ground.
  • Food waste, such as meat scraps or leftover pet food, should be bagged.
  • 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 or pepper spray; or throwing tennis balls or rocks toward the coyote.
  • Never run from a coyote.

Long Beach is committed to being the safest large City for people and animals, and Animal Care Services is requesting the assistance of the community. Please contact animalcare@longbeach.gov or (562) 570-7387 (PETS) to obtain flyers to give to neighbors, to schedule a speaker for a neighborhood watch or community meeting, or to determine whether an Animal Control Officer is needed.

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 at parks or schools, or anytime there is an attack or threatening behavior toward a person or pet.

For more information about coyotes, including the Coyote Management Plan, or to report coyote sightings, visit www.longbeach.gov/acs/wildlife. If a coyote is posing an imminent threat to life, call 911.

Visit Long Beach Animal Care Services online at www.longbeach.gov/acs, and become a friend on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LongBeachAnimalCare to keep up on the latest news for people and animals.

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9 Responses to “Recent Coyote Activity Prompts City Issued Safety Reminders”
  1. Diane says:

    Too bad the city isn’t talking about the incident last fall on Hackett (by Millikan HS & Emerson Elementary) where, per the coroner’s report, it’s likely that coyotes entered a residence & ate a recently deceased man. Grisly, but I think it’s important for citizens to be informed. The only place I’ve seen anything on it is the Beachcomber. There are area residents that have a copy of the coroner’s report & said it sounded much more sure of what happened than what was portrayed.

  2. Frances says:

    A friend had a Coyote come through a screen, chase his cat up the stairs and corner the cat in the bathroom. Luckily the cat survived. We are now living in Coyote territory and they are no longer afraid of humans. Hazing is not the solution since the Coyotes are totally oblivious to our antics. And now we are seeing multiple Coyotes and I wonder how does one haze a pack?

  3. Theresa Hew says:

    The most compassionate co-existence for both coyote and human is with them living in the wild, not the urban city. They serve no useful purpose in the urban city. We cannot continue putting our pets, children and the elderly at risk of attack. And yes, as the previous commenter Diane noted, coyotes DID enter a home through an open slider and ate a dead man’s remains. Large bones were carried off that only a predator their size could have taken. If this does not send a strong wake up call to the city officials, nothing will.

  4. The safety reminders are practically useless without addressing the problem of excessive urban coyote populations. Urban coyotes live longer and have larger litters in urban environments.

    Coyotes belong in the wild, not our cities. In the wild humans are the primary species helping control coyote populations through hunting. Wolves and My. Lions are predators of coyotes but only inhabit a very limited portion of coyote habitat.

    Per the last census, 89% of CA in undeveloped. Let the coyotes have the parts of CA that are undeveloped so we can enjoy the homes we spend our entire lives paying for. I don’t think that’s asking much.

  5. Jo says:

    The time has come were action must be taken by officials about the over population of coyotes in our cities. Citizens are no longer able to freely enjoy out doors without the need to be keenly aware of personal safety and the safety of their pets. Many people now cannot even be assured of the safety of their own property. Coyotes walk fences, climb over fences, get on roofs, come in thru doggie doors. Coyotes learn patterns of behavior and lie in wait- my friends dog was attacked by a coyote waiting for it when it was allowed out to potty at 9pm, which was its schedule, in its own yard. If the pet survives, the costs for vet care is extremely expensive. The incident being mentioned by others in Long Beach is completely appalling. Co-existing is not the answer, it is inaction.

  6. mary says:

    The article says Long Beach is committed to being a safe large city for citizens and animals. What animals, our family pets, or the predator coyotes that are eating them? That statement was true a number of years ago, but obviously is not true now. I have lived in Long Beach for over 50 years and never saw a coyote until a few years ago, when a neighbors small dog was grabbed and taken over the fence from his own back yard and killed. And since that time many many family pets have been slaughtered by coyotes. If I were buying a home now, I would never buy in Long Beach, the city is NOT committed to keeping me and my pets safe, even in their own fenced back yard. And after the incident on Hackett, I feel even less safe. It is not fair of my city that I have to worry about a wild animal daily because I have pets that go out in their own yard. That is not fair to me, to my family, and yes to my pets which I consider part of my family. Why does the coyote get the okay, and the victims the blame? Coyotes do not belong on my fence, on my street, in my neighborhood or any other. We should not have to live in fear of a predator. Coyotes do not belong in cities, its as simple as that. And my city should be doing something about that. Take care of your tax paying citizens, not killer coyotes Long Beach and then you can call yourself a safe city as it use to be.

  7. Lynda says:

    What I don’t understand is why domestic dogs are required to be vaccinated, licensed and kept confined in yards, but coyotes are allowed to run free, potentially carrying diseases, and killing people’s pets. With their numbers increasing they are now running in pairs and family groups/packs. If these were Pit Bulls or really any other breed running around killing and eating dogs and cats people would be going crazy and the city would be rounding them up and euthanizing them. Seems like an inconsistent policy Long Beach!

  8. Jenn says:

    If I knew I would be dealing with coyotes (who have lost all fear of humans) near our living space, I probably wouldn’t have chosen to buy in Long Beach. There is no plan to keep coyotes in check, they are immune to hazing, and now they are invading homes without hesitation to pursue house pets. The tragedy on Hackett street is just beyond troubling.