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Posted on: October 25, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Be Aware: Coyote Sightings; Protect Kids and Pets

Increased coyote sightings in lowland areas have been reported. Drought conditions are partly to blame, along with the destruction of habitat and a reduced fear of human contact. There is no quick solution for nuisance urban coyotes. 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. 
  • Feed your pets indoors. 
  • 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. All children should be taught from an early age to avoid strange animals whether domestic or wild. Never attempt to feed a wild animal. Coyotes may be deterred by loud noises, lights and motion. However, approaching a coyote for any reason should be discouraged.

As a wild animal, coyotes are under the purview of the State 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 (858) 467-4201. If you observe a coyote in the act of attacking a human or pet, call 911. For more information visit the Department of Fish and Wildlife website:

Department of Fish and Wildlife website
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