Recent coyote sightings prompt warnings, prevention in Garden Grove

The month of January marks the beginning of coyote mating season. During this time of year, because coyotes are more active, they will be more noticeable in the community. Residents should be aware of coyotes in the area, and take precautions year-round to protect themselves, their pets, and their property.

The community is encouraged to report coyote sightings by calling the City’s coyote hotline number at (714) 741-5286. Callers should include date, time, and location of sightings. If the coyote is acting aggressively, call 9-1-1.

According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) coyote mating season runs through March.

The CDFW indicates that coyotes are highly adaptable and often live in close proximity to populated areas where food and water sources are abundant. They usually fear humans and avoid interactions, however, if they associate humans with food, they lose their natural fear and can become bold.

Some coyote safety tips from the CDFW are:

  • Keep small pets inside particularly at dawn and dusk when coyotes are most active.
  • Keep pet food and water dishes inside.
  • Secure food and trash at all times and remove all sources of water.
  • Pick up fallen fruit and keep compost piles tightly sealed.
  • Sweep up fallen birdseed, which can attract mice and rats, a common food source for coyotes.
  • Remove brush, wood piles, and debris where coyotes can find cover and where rodents are abundant.
  • Install motion-activated lighting or sprinklers.
  • If a coyote approaches or acts aggressively, throw rocks, make noise, look big, and pick up small children and pets. Do not turn your back to the animal.

More information is available at www.ggcity.org/animalcare, or visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Keep-Me-Wild/Coyote.

This article was released by the City of Garden Grove.