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Posted on: April 6, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Be Aware: Coyote Sightings in the Area; Stay Informed to Protect Your Pets

As a wild animal, coyotes are under the purview of the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Attacks should be reported as soon as possible following the incident to the Ontario office of the Department of Fish and Wildlife at (909) 484-0167. If a coyote attack is imminent call 911.

There is no quick solution for nuisance urban coyotes. Drought conditions are partly to blame, along with the destruction of habitat and a reduced fear of human contact. Generally a reclusive animal, which prefers to avoid human contact, coyotes in wild land interface areas, such as Brea can become predators of opportunity in search of food and water. Coyotes are extremely adaptable and can lose their natural fear of humans and become more aggressive when they find convenient food sources. Never leave pet food or garbage outdoors for these scavengers to enjoy. Trash container lids must be tightly closed—it’s time for another bin if yours has overflowed. Fallen fruit and standing water can also be invitations for coyotes. Keep yards free of potential shelter for them…thick brush or patio decking with open bottoms. Coyotes can easily jump fences, or even dig under them, so never leave pets unattended outdoors.

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