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Tackling Southern California's Urban Coyote Problem

Nationally known wildlife expert will hold free seminars this week on coexisting with the wild animals.

Do you have a coyote problem? If you haven't seen Fluffy in a while, or if you've spotted a coyote wandering your neighborhood in the early dawn, maybe you do and don't know it. 

To help educate citizens to the problem of urban coyotes, which have existed for years throughout parts of Southern California, urban wildlife specialist Lynsey White Dasher of the Humane Society of the United States will hold three free seminars about coyotes that will cover the species' behavior, its attractants, its deterrents and related topics. Question and answer sessions will follow her presentations.

Huntington Beach will be the location for Tuesday night's session. The City of Long Beach's Animal Care Services Bureau is hosting the national expert on Thursday.

The seminars are scheduled for:

  • 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Huntington Beach Central Library Theater, 7111 Talbot Avenue, Huntington Beach.

Thursday in two Long Beach locations:

  • 1:30-3 p.m. at P.D. Pitchford Companion Village Auditorium 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach.
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Skylinks Golf Course 4800 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach. 

The public is asked to RSVP to (562) 570-3072 or animalcare@longbeach.gov for this event.

For more information, please visit www.longbeach.gov/acs

Have you seen a coyote in your neighborhood? Share your experience in comments.

MarieSam Sanchez August 17, 2012 at 05:10 AM
yvette, gridley park in Cerritos? That's right in the middle of a huge neighborhood where lots of kids pass during the school year! What time did you see them?
David & Rebecca Lara August 17, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Your very lucky that this group of coyotes didn't attack you. We will be notifying government officials regarding this incident. This is a community neighborhood park where kids are often seen.
Monica Sifford August 17, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I had seen three coyotes in the North Long Beach area in the early morning on Aug 9th. I had saved a cat that one of the coyotes was trying to get. I just followed in my car and kept honking the horn over & over again until I finally had scared it away. I did inform Animal Control on the same day. Unfortuantely I was not able to save a cat that they had already killed and were eating prior. I hate to see ANY animal in danger, nevertheless when it is someone's pet!
Jessica Long January 05, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Hello, I live on Grand View Blvd. in Mar Vista Los Angeles. Tonight I scarred off 2 COYOTES from my driveway at 2:30am (on Jan 5 2013). I had let my cat out earlier and went to call him in when I saw them out front. Thankfully I was able to retrieve him and my other cats who were also out. Surprisingly my dog did not bark during the whole occurrence. I have also recently, (yesterday) seen a large, pink tipped HAWK circling my area and at the top of Grand View Hill @ Palms around 12 noon-1 pm, and have been told by a neighbor that there is an OWL hanging around as well!. THESE ARE ALL PREDATORS AND ARE LOOKING FOR OUR PETS as FOOD/PREY All of this is REALLY BAD news for owners of small pets that spend time outdoors unattended. PLEASE NOTIFY RESIDENTS!!
janet August 08, 2013 at 07:12 PM
A coyote just got my 13 year old dearly beloved Siamese on Monday August 5 sometime between 6:30-9:30pm. I live on Warren, just 2 blocks south of the Santa Monica airport. She rarely strayed from my front & back yards. This coyote got her early in the evening while people were still out walking their dogs. Neighbors… please be aware!

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