The foothills above Monrovia are occupied by wildlife: bears, coyotes, deer, mountain lions, and bobcats. Sometimes these wild animals venture out of the foothills and into residential neighborhoods. Most of the time, the wildlife comes and goes without notice.
Occasionally, wildlife ventures down into the city and becomes a potential danger to humans. Police will respond when called to a wildlife sighting, and in most incidents, the primary goal is to allow the animal to leave the area and return back to the foothills. In most incidents, the officer's presence, use of vehicles, horns, beanbag rounds, is sufficient to encourage the animal to leave the area.
What You Can Do To Help
- Remove all potential food and shelter resources from your property, and securely contain compost, garbage, and gardens.
- Use garbage cans that have a locking mechanism on the lid. Use a rope or elastic cord to secure the can to a fence or other solid object so that it cannot be tipped over.
- Keep yard clear of overgrown plants, trim bushes at least one foot off the ground, and close off crawl spaces.
- As coyotes have been known to clear six foot fences, always accompany and supervise small pets when outside after dusk, and keep other domestic pets that live outside in secure wire cages overnight.
Coyotes are present in our urban neighborhoods year-round and play an important role in the ecosystem, helping to keep rodent populations under control. When encountering a coyote, the followings are effective methods of getting coyotes to leave residential areas:
- Active hazing includes raising arms and shouting, sounding off an air horn, throwing tennis balls, or spraying with a hose.
- Passive hazing includes setting out deterrents so the coyote feels uncomfortable even when you are not around, such as leaving a dirty sock near a den site, activating motion-sensing sprinklers, or installing coyote roller fencing.
Who to Contact
More and more, people and wildlife are occupying the same geographical areas. The University of California Cooperative Extension has developed the Coyote Cacher as a way track coyote interactions in California. The information you provide will be used to help inform researchers of trends in human-coyote interactions. If you wish to participate in this survey, please submit your coyote encounter.
If humans are in immediate physical danger from attack, call 911.
If you have concerns on brazen coyotes, contact:
Department of Fish and Wildlife South Coast Region
To report a coyote sighting, contact:
Pasadena Humane Society Animal Control Dispatch
(626) 792-7151 x 102