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The coyote is a member of the dog family and is native to California. It closely resembles a small German shepherd dog with the exception of the long snout and bushy, black-tipped tail. The coyote's high-pitched, yodel-like yapping can frequently be heard at night. Coyotes are extremely adaptable and can survive on whatever food is available. Coyotes are an important part of the ecosystem, helping to keep the rodent populations under control. They hunt rabbits, mice, birds, and other small animals. Coyotes are by nature fearful of humans. If coyotes are given access to human food, pet food, or garbage, their behavior changes. They will quickly lose their natural fear of people and may become bold, even aggressive. Pets are often attacked, injured, or killed by coyotes.

Find up-to-date information on the City of Torrance Coyote Management Plan below:


Call the 24-hour Coyote Hotline at (310) 618-3898 or fill out the Coyote Sighting Survey to report coyote sighting or incident.  If you see a coyote behaving aggressively or attacking a person immediately call 911.

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Please allow up to a week for reports to generate on the Coyote Interactive Map.  To report a deceased animal, contact the Torrance Animal Control Office at (310) 618-3850. The Torrance Animal Control Office is open Monday through Thursday, and every other Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.