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Living as close to the foothills as we do, it is not unusual to see coyotes walking through neighborhoods or even on busy streets. Coyotes prefer to live in more natural surroundings and instinctively have a fear of humans. Coyotes tend to venture into neighborhoods more often in the warmer months when they are in search of food and water sources. 

The City of Glendora provides various different ways to report a coyote encounter, listed below. 

Coyote Reporting Service

If any wildlife is posing an imminent threat, call 9-1-1.  Glendora Police will respond to and assess all reports.

To report other information on wildlife, contact:

Glendora Police Department's Dispatch Reporting Line at (626) 914-8250 or Email: coyotes@glendorapd.org 

Or call Support Services Supervisor Chuck Ochoa at (626) 914-8265

Coyote Cacher

Coyote Cacher is part of a research project with the University of California Cooperative Extension that aims to collect more information on coyote encounters 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 see the survey to answer some questions. Participation is voluntary.  If you require more information about this process, please contact Human-Wildlife Interactions Advisor Dr. Niamh Quinn at nmquinn@ucanr.edu at University of California Cooperative Extension, Orange County.

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Coyote Encounters by Zip Code

If you want to see where encounters are in your neighborhood, please click here for an interactive coyote encounter map. 

Sign Up to Receive Alerts!

If you would like to sign up for coyote encounter email alerts for your zip code, please register here on the Coyote Cacher website under Alerts! 

Coyote Hazing

If you see a coyote wandering the streets that is not causing harm, there is nothing to do other than perhaps trying to scare it away if you are walking nearby. If you are walking with a small child or animal you would certainly want to pick them up and remove yourself, the child and the animal from the situation. 

If a coyote approaches you or comes in your yard... 

Be as big, mean and loud as you can.  Make loud noises, throw rocks in the animal’s direction, spray it with a hose, rapidly open an umbrella is direction or use an air-horn to scare it away. Throw objects at the coyote; if it continues to approach, do not run and instead retain eye contact, pick up small pets and children and move slowly away. Coyotes have been scared off properties by people waving brooms, making noise, throwing tennis balls or other objects and clapping their hands. An air horn, “coyote shaker” or “can clanger” may also work.

Coyote Shaker
Place a handful of pennies in an old juice or soda can. Cover the opening of the can with tape. Cut a piece of foil and tape it around the can. The shaker scares the approaching coyote through aggressive hand motion, loud noise and reflective light.

Can Clanger
Tie several empty tin cans together with string. Clanging the cans together and throwing it at the coyote should deter the coyote from coming into inhabited areas.

Coyote rollers have been effective in some situations. Installing these rolling metal tubes at the top of a fence denies coyotes the “foothold” to pull themselves up and over a fence, deterring them from repeating the effort. 

Coyote Hazing Teams 
A group of volunteers trained in coyote hazing techniques can be extremely useful in responding to coyote conflicts in public areas such as neighborhoods, parks, and playgrounds.  The creation of a volunteer hazing response team is being evaluated for feasibility and public interest.  Future updates will be published here if plans develop.

Coyotes are found in every state of the nation, except for Hawaii, says the U.S. Humane Society, which promotes techniques to compassionately co-exist with coyotes and protect you and your pets. Some techniques include:

  • Never feeding coyotes or any other wildlife.
  • Keeping pets and pet food inside. If feeding outside, feed pets during the day (no more than one hour) and remove the food and water bowls when finished.
  • Staying close to your pet when taking them outdoors and always keeping them on a leash, especially from dusk through early morning.
  • Removing fallen fruit from the ground.
  • Bagging food wastes such as meat scraps or leftover pet food.
  • Keeping trash in containers with tight-fitting lids.
  • Using "hazing" techniques to shoo away coyotes, such as standing tall, yelling and waving arms while approaching the coyote; using a whistle, air horn, bell or other device; banging pots or pans together; stomping your feet; using a water hose, pepper spray, or throwing tennis balls or rocks at the coyote.
  • Never running away from a coyote.
Resources

Map of Coyote Habitat 

Department of Fish and Game Living with Wildlife

Preventing Coyote Conflicts (PDF)

Humane Society Coyote Management Plan

Humane Society Coyote Hazing Guidelines

Humane Society Protecting Your Pet from Coyotes

Humane Society Coyotes and People: What to Know If You See or Encounter a Coyote

 

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