During fall and winter months, residents may experience occasional coyote sightings. The City would like to remind residents to follow important safeguards to protect pets and property against these wild animals.
Coyotes are highly adaptable and often live in close proximity to populated areas where food and water sources are abundant. Coyotes are naturally fearful of humans. However, if they associate humans with food, their behavior may change. In order to prevent human-coyote conflicts and protect pets, residents are encouraged to take preventative measures. The following precautions are recommended by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW):
- Never feed or attempt to tame coyotes.
- Do not leave small children or pets outside unattended.
- Trim ground-level shrubbery to reduce hiding places.
- If followed by a coyote, make loud noises. If this fails, throw rocks in the animal’s direction.
- If a coyote attacks a person, contact the nearest CDFW or police department.
- Put garbage in tightly closed containers that cannot be tipped over.
- Bring pets in at night, and do not leave pet food outside.
- Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.
It is important to report coyote sightings using the online portal at ucanr.edu/sites/CoyoteCacher/ or by calling the City’s coyote hotline number at (714) 741-5286. Callers should include the date, time, and location of sightings. If the coyote is acting aggressively, call the Garden Grove Animal Care Services at (714) 741-5565.