As you may know, coyotes have been a reoccurring discussion in Huntington Beach. From now through March, coyotes are more active and sightings may increase as food is sparse. Coyotes tend to travel more and become bolder, and female coyotes will become more territorial as they prepare their dens for new pups. The safety of residents and visitors in Huntington Beach is the City’s utmost priority, but we need your help to make Huntington Beach less appealing to coyotes. By working together and following these steps, we can decrease the frequency of coyote-human interactions:
- Never hand-feed or intentionally feed wildlife or feral cats.
- Eliminate potential food and water sources, such as fallen fruit and standing water.
- Keep yards free from potential shelter and hiding places such as thick brush and weeds.
- Restrict access under decks, sheds, and wood piles to prevent coyotes from denning.
- Keep your pets close and always walk on a leash no longer than 6’ long.
- Store trash in tightly covered containers.
If you encounter an aggressive coyote, use the following methods to haze the coyote as a means to intimidate it:
- Never run away from a coyote.
- The simplest method of hazing a coyote involves being loud and large.
- Yell and wave your arms while approaching the coyote.
- Use noisemakers (e.g., your voice, whistles, air horns, bells, soda cans filled with pennies or dead batteries, pots, and pans banged together).
- Use projectiles (e.g., sticks, small rocks, cans, tennis balls, rubber balls).
- Try other repellents (e.g., hoses, water guns with vinegar water, spray bottles with vinegar water, pepper spray, bear repellant, or walking sticks).
Share this information by teaching your family, friends, and neighbors how to haze coyotes too! The more people that get involved, the more quickly you will see results.
Please continue to report coyote sightings and feedings through the City’s coyote webpage.