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 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
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 and 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 a coyote sighting here.
The City of Newport Beach's proposed Coyote Management Plan can be viewed here.