Glendale residents and other cities in California are experiencing regular sightings of coyotes and other wildlife in our local neighborhoods. As food and water become scarce due to the drought, Glendale’s local wildlife has become more active in search of these necessities.
The coyote (Canis latrans) is an extremely intelligent predator that has adapted to living in close proximity to humans. Coyotes, whose natural habitat is the Los Angeles basin, have adjusted to the shrinking habitat by living closer to humans, sometimes in residential areas, parks, and on the landscaped areas of the freeway system. Coyotes use the flood control channels, freeways, hillside erosion gutters, city streets, and sidewalks as convenient means of travel. They find an abundant source of water from swimming pools, gutters, leaking hose faucets, sprinkler heads, bird baths and pet water dishes in residential areas.
The coyote plays an important role in the ecosystem, helping to keep rodent populations under control. They are by nature fearful of humans.
If coyotes are given access to human food and garbage, their behavior changes. They lose caution and fear, and may even cause property damage. There are more coyotes living in southern California than ever before.
TIPS FOR MANAGING COYOTE & WILD LIFE PROBLEMS:
- If a coyote is encountered, scare it away by yelling and acting aggressively, stomping your feet and waving your arms, and/or throwing rocks or other objects. It is important to maintain a coyote’s natural fear of humans.
- Don’t leave small children unattended where coyotes frequent.
- Never feed coyotes or provide them with water.
- Don’t give coyote’s access to garbage. Keep trash lids on tight and don’t put trash cans out until the morning of pick-up so coyotes and other wildlife will have less time to scavenge and won’t have the cover of darkness. Wild life are most active in the spring and summer and especially at night or twilight.
- Prevent access to fruit and compost. Pick up fallen fruit and keep compost piles securely covered. Cover new compost with soil or lime to prevent it from smelling and never include animal matter.
- If possible, feed dogs and cats indoors. Don’t feed feral (wild) cats. Coyotes prey on them along with any food you leave out for them.
- Prevent the buildup of food under bird feeders.
- Keep cats and small to medium-size dogs indoors, especially from dusk to dawn. If you suspect losing a pet to a coyote or other animal, notify your neighbors. Once it finds easy prey, it will continue to hunt in the area.
- Prune shrubs and trees several feet above the ground (especially where children play); clear brush and weeds to deprive rodents of shelter and reduce protective cover for wild life. Use traps and rodenticides, if needed, to control rodents.
- Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
- Moth balls and ammonia-soaked rags placed strategically may deter coyotes from entering your property.
WARNING: Feeding coyotes is dangerous to our community and prohibited by law 6.04.140 GMC
Useful links and information:
Please dial 9-1-1 to report an aggressive coyote or animal related emergency.
Glendale Police Department: 818-548-4911
For more information about wildlife safety, please contact the Pasadena Humane Society at 626-792-7151.