This is the time of year when coyote pups become more visible in the community because they are growing up and leaving their dens more frequently. They can be seen at any time of day, although they are most active at dusk, dawn and at night. Due to this, Long Beach Animal Care Services is reminding residents of the following important safeguards to protect pets and property against coyotes and other wild or unwanted animals.
Keep pets, especially cats and small dogs, inside.
Keep pet food indoors and, if feeding pets outdoors, supervise feedings and remove food bowls within an hour.
Stay close to pets when they are outside and keep them on a leash, especially between dusk and dawn.
Harvest ripe fruit from trees and remove fallen fruit from the ground. Coyotes can climb trees to eat fruit.
Bag food waste and make sure trash containers are securely closed.
Use “hazing” techniques to shoo away coyotes, such as:
Standing tall, yelling and waving arms;
Using a whistle, air horn, bell or other noisemaking device;
Banging pots or pans together;
Stomping your feet;
Flashing bright lights at the coyote;
Spraying water from a hose toward the coyote;
Spraying pepper spray at a coyote, if absolutely needed for protection;
Throwing tennis balls or sticks toward the coyote with the intent of scaring it off and not harming it.
Never run from a coyote. Running from a coyote can instigate the coyote’s prey instinct to chase.
Never feed coyotes or any other outdoor or wild animals.
For more information and to find out how to report coyote activity, see the LBACS press release.