On November 27, 2018, Torrance City Council authorized the City staff to undertake the environmental review necessary to consider an amendment to the Urban Coyote Management Plan which was established in 2016.
The amendment would include:
- Instituting a five-month active trapping season from October to March every year.
- Revising the strategy of trapping coyotes in problem locations to trapping coyotes in a geographical area where dangerous coyote behavior is reported.
- Hiring a part-time, civilian coyote management staff assistant.
- Establishing intensive education and outreach.
A California Environment Quality Act (CEQA) study/checklist is in progress to assess any environmental impacts associated with the amendments. The initial study will be circulated for a 30-day Public Review Period once it is completed.
- Coyote Bulletins and Press Releases
- Urban Coyote FAQ
- Coyote Program Financial Information
- Living With Urban Coyotes Brochure
- Preventing Coyote Conflicts - Safety Tips for Children
The Coyote Mapping System is experiencing technical difficulties and the issue is currently being worked on. In the meantime, we encourage residents to continue to report any sightings as we are still receiving them. We will post them once the map is back up.
SECURE YOUR FOOD AND TRASH
Allowing coyotes access to human food and garbage is reckless and can be deadly.
- Coyotes primarily hunt rodents and rabbits for food, but will take advantage of whatever is available, including
garbage, pet food, and small domestic animals.
Do not set your trash out for pick-up until the day of pick-up to reduce attracting predators in the middle of thenight.
Don't leave trash cans uncovered.
If you leave garbage outside, don't use trash bags as garbage containers; coyotes can easily rip them open andscatter the contents.
- Feed your pets indoors if possible.
- If you do feed your pets outdoors, food dishes should be promptly emptied and removed after the pets have eaten.
- Don't leave water bowls for pets outdoors.
- Remove any fruit which has fallen to the ground, and cover compost piles.
- Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, poultry, and other outdoor animals.
- Ask your neighbors to follow these tips.
Residents, especially those living near open spaces, natural thoroughfares, or wild land preserves, are advised to give special attention to the following Do's and Don'ts to safely co-exist with the coyote.
- Consider making your pet an indoor pet when living in area that is known to be occupied by coyotes.
- Keep your pet on a short leash.
- Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
- Eliminate thick ground cover, such as ivy and low shrubs from around dwellings to reduce protective cover for
coyotes and make the area less attractive to rodents. Coyotes and other
- Predators may be attracted to areas where rodents are concentrated.
- Keep yards free from potential shelters such as thick brush and weeds, and enclose the bottoms of porches and
- Use a Coyote Shaker: A can containing a few coins or rocks which can be shaken and thrown at the coyote.
- Teach children not to approach stray animals.
- Don't walk your pet during dusk or dawn, when coyotes tend to be more active.
- Don't allow pets to stay outdoors at night.
- Don't allow pets to roam from home unattended.
- Don't feed wild animals.
- Don't approach or attempt to "tame" coyotes.
USE NEGATIVE REINFORCEMENT
If coyotes begin frequenting your neighborhood, let them know they're not welcome.
- Make loud noises.
- Throw an object at them, or spray them with a garden hose.
If you or your pets are approached by an aggressive coyote
- Pick up your pet or keep it on a short leash.
- Try to frighten the coyote by shouting in a loud deep voice, and by waving your arms to make yourself appear larger.
If you are seated
- Stand up, retreat from the situation by walking slowly backward so that you do not turn your back on the coyote.
For everyone's safety, it is essential that coyotes retain their natural wariness of humans.