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Tackling Southern California's Urban Coyote Problem

Nationally known wildlife expert will hold free seminars this week on coexisting with the wild animals.

Do you have a coyote problem? If you haven't seen Fluffy in a while, or if you've spotted a coyote wandering your neighborhood in the early dawn, maybe you do and don't know it. 

A Monrovia resident reported a coyote sighting on the south side of town . The coyote killed a neighborhood cat, according to the reader.

To help educate citizens to the problem of urban coyotes, which have existed for years throughout parts of Southern California, urban wildlife specialist Lynsey White Dasher of the Humane Society of the United States will hold three free seminars about coyotes that will cover the species' behavior, its attractants, its deterrents and related topics. Question and answer sessions will follow her presentations.

Huntington Beach will be the location for Tuesday night's session. The City of Long Beach's Animal Care Services Bureau is hosting the national expert on Thursday.

The seminars are scheduled for:

  • 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Huntington Beach Central Library Theater, 7111 Talbot Avenue, Huntington Beach.

Thursday in two Long Beach locations:

  • 1:30-3 p.m. at P.D. Pitchford Companion Village Auditorium 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach.
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Skylinks Golf Course 4800 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach. 

The public is asked to RSVP to (562) 570-3072 or animalcare@longbeach.gov for this event.

For more information, please visit www.longbeach.gov/acs

Have you seen a coyote in your neighborhood? Share your experience in comments.

Hugo Torres August 14, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Seen several in our neighborhood east of Mountain Ave and north of Royal Oaks. I have been surprised to see them out in the middle of the day.
Dan Crandell August 14, 2012 at 09:04 PM
We live north of Hillcrest and west of Myrtle. We haven't seen many coyotes this year. Unlike the deer and bears the "urban" coyotes we've seen are nasty looking creatures Skin and fir over bones. Some years back I watched two hungry coyotes take on a raccoon. The coon stood up to fight and the coyotes ran for their lives.
Ellen Zunino August 15, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Our coyotes - that we used to hear yipping during the day and at night - seem to have disappeared which puts the burden of keeping wandering cats (AKA Coyote Chow) out of my yard on me. Yes, Dan, for the first time in a long time, a couple of blocks down Norumbega we saw a single scrawny looking coyote in June. I wonder if they are having problems. I wouldn't put it past the new residents to be poisoning rabbits, etc. to protect their expensive (and water thirsty) new landscaping and, by proxy, poisoning the coyotes.
genevieve August 16, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I think it would be a good idea to send flyers in other languages stating that it is against the law to poison or shoot wildlife.
Kate K. August 16, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Have seen 1 lone coyote several times recently in middle of Hillcrest (literally, walking in middle of street) near Primrose, around midday. Unusual for one to be out in open in daytime: Assume she's ill or starving. Used to see at least one each evening on walks. Coyotes SHOULD be around here. (People in So. Cal. who say they don't have coyotes, raccoons, etc. are people who don't go out in evenings and don't observe their surroundings... they've always been here.) I, too, suspect some of my neighbors of again putting out poison for the squirrels and gophers, thus killing coyotes and everything else in area foodchain (including my cat and eventually our water supply). County Vector Control told me A POISONED RAT CAN GO UP TO 3/4-MILE before collapsing from poisoning. (Which explains why poisoned rats, squirrels were found dead in my yard.) Poisoning vermin is a very dangerous 'fix' for rodent problems: Rat Zappers are safer.
genevieve August 16, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Thank you Kate. I still so want education in other languages. Many homeowners won't attend meetings. Info on paper might work. Many do not speak English. People can't learn if not taught in their native tongue. Please someone translate rules and many cultures don't understand our concern for wildlife!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE protect our wildlife.

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