Coyotes are found in ALL areas of Orange County - and your neighborhood is no exception. Several residents have lost their pets to these skilled predators because they were not aware of local coyote activity. Others are concerned about recent sightings and the potential consequences of predatory animals within the urban environment.
Science shows us that eradication and/or relocation of the urban coyote is not effective. Removal programs can provide a vacuum in nature that can cause coyotes to have even larger litters, increasing the population. However, the City has and will continue to trap and kill certain aggressive coyotes—an action that is ineffective without broad community participation to haze.
Though far from domesticated, coyotes are very comfortable living alongside humans. They have little fear of people and can be seen close to joggers and bikers, and inside residential areas. Coyotes are not normally a danger to humans but small pets can easily become coyote prey.
We share your concern for all of our beloved family pets. But this is not a simple problem to solve, and we can’t do it alone.
Use Negative Reinforcement
If coyotes begin frequenting your neighborhood, let them know that they are not welcome. Make loud noises, throw rocks, or spray them with a garden hose. For everyone’s safety, it is essential that coyotes remain wary of humans.
Use a variety of hazing tools to frighten coyotes and deter them from backyards and play spaces:
- Stand tall, wave your arms, and yell, approaching the coyote if necessary
- Use noisemakers (your voice, whistles, bells, or “shaker” cans filled with marbles or pennies)
- Throw items such as sticks, small rocks, cans, tennis balls or rubber balls
- Spray the coyote with a garden hose or from a spray bottle filled with vinegar water
Take Special Pet Precautions
Cats and small animals should not be allowed outside alone, even in a fenced yard. (A dog or cat can be taken from a backyard enclosed by a six-foot high fence or wall in a matter of moments.) Always accompany small pets when outside. Don't allow your dog off leash. Coyotes generally hunt between sunset and sunrise, but can be observed at all hours of the day and will not pass up the opportunity to attack.
Protect yourself and your pets from nuisance animals like coyotes and other wildlife:
- Fence off animal enclosures (fully enclose them, if possible)
- Keep cats and small dogs indoors
- Feed pets indoors
- Store trash in covered heavy-duty containers
- Keep yards free from potential shelter, such as thick brush and weeds
- Enclose the bottoms of porches and decks
- Eliminate potential food and water sources, such as fallen fruit and standing water
- Never feed coyotes
- Providing food for wild animals is a violation of City & State law, and is a very serious problem. Coyotes fed by humans lose their fear of people, which can create a dangerous situation. If you are aware of anyone feeding coyotes, please report the violation by calling 949-644-3717.
Report Sightings & Call Us For Help
- Report a coyote sighting here.
- For help with an Animal Control issue, call 949-644-3717.
We are in the final process of rolling out a comprehensive guide to coyote management in Newport Beach. The City's proposed Coyote Management Plan can be viewed by clicking here.