Coyotes to be topic of discussion under the stars

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One of the hottest topics in the neighborhood lately (other than the weather) is the presence of coyotes in our coastal town.

At the July Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSPNC) meeting, CSPNC President James Dimon announced briefly that coyotes will be trapped at White Point Nature Preserve. At this Monday’s meeting, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Southern Enforcement District Lieutenant Kent Smirl will speak about implementing a Wildlife Watch program.

This month’s CSPNC meeting will be held under the stars on Monday, August 17 at 6:30pm at the Point Fermin Park bandshell. There will be food and beverage for those who show up early.

Do you have questions or concerns about coyotes? If so, please attend the meeting. Other topics of discussion will be the future of the Red Car, a potluck beach party, and neighborhood watch porch candle program. Download the full agenda on the CSPNC website.

UPDATE 8/18:
The presentation regarding coyotes by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) last night was quite informative. They are aiming to educate the public about coyotes and will not be doing any trapping (my apologies to CSPNC President James Dimon if I misheard him at the July meeting) or relocating of the animals.

The main way we can deter coyotes is to remove attractants such as food and water left outside for pets and unsecured garbage. Once coyotes realize there is not enough food, they will move to a new location. The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy has sent out links on hazing techniques and a link to Project Coyote resources.

If you encounter a coyote, wave your arms, make loud noises, throw objects at the animal. Pick up small pets or children if a coyote approaches. Lt. Smirl recommended using shorter leashes for pets.

More information on the Wildlife Watch program to come shortly.

The Daily Breeze has a nice write up today San Pedro aims for no-kill coyote control with Wildlife Watch group.

UPDATE 8/26:
Wildlife Watch is a pilot program that is being introduced in Southern California because of the increase in urban wildlife incidents. Wildlife Watch brings government agencies and cities together to work on urban wildlife education that they all have a stake in.  It emphasizes a leadership development curriculum. Since Wildlife Watch is designed to work in conjunction with neighborhood watch programs it would work under the purview of the police department, city council and animal services depending on the leadership structure.

The CDFW is currently reviewing the value of Wildlife Watch and believe it will eventually become a sanctioned program in the future.

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4 thoughts on “Coyotes to be topic of discussion under the stars

  1. The coyotes are a striking addition to our “environment”–presumably counting as a success of the effort to restore original habitat, as per White Point preserve efforts. I would suspect coyotes are major players in clearing out the feral cat infestation at Pt. Fermin itself (corresponds to my casual observation) and there are habitat reports of the high value of predators in keeping habitats diverse and healthy. So, at a minimum, the presence of the coyotes is not all bad. I am unable to make tomorrow’s meeting, so offer these observations in this medium.

  2. I sure hope Fish and Wildlife do not start trapping the coyotes. They will just be back. A resident number will not likely become overpopulated—this sorts itself out.
    People need to keep their dogs on leach, coyotes or not.
    This is part of the wonderful world of nature we live in and people should respect it and behave appropriately. I have not heard of any people being hurt. Mostly dogs off leash. Of course outdoor cats, peacocks and other wildlife are at risk. God’s earth as it was intended.

  3. Just to clarify I never stated Anything about trapping , I stated I was unaware of the problem until I saw a coyote in my neighborhood .
    Solution : have Fish and Game come and educate us on what we should and shouldn’t do to protect our community .

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