To help with addressing the coyote issue that some areas are facing, the Newport Beach Police Department is asking residents to report coyote sightings whenever possible. They are also asking residents to help them identify if the coyote?s behavior appeared to be ?green? (non-threatening) or ?red? (dangerous).
Residents are also being encouraged to learn the art of ?coyote hazing,? which involves acting as a pack to discourage coyotes by creating loud noises, creating big motions and engaging in other non-threatening behavior. By reporting the coyotes and participating in the hazing process, residents can help to discourage coyotes from interacting with and spending time around humans.
? Never allow cats and small animals to go outside alone, even in a fenced yard. Dogs and cats have been known to be taken from a backyard enclosed by fences as high as six feet.
? Always accompany small pets when going outside.
? Don?t allow your dog to roam off of its leash.
? Remember that coyotes generally hunt between sunset and sunrise, but they will not pass up an opportunity to attack at any time of the day.
? You can further reduce the chances of attack by feeding your pets indoors, storing trash in covered heavy-duty containers, keeping your yard free from potential coyote shelters (such as thick brush and weeds), enclosing the bottoms of your porches and decks and eliminating potential food and water sources (such as fallen fruit and standing water). You should also never purposely feed coyotes. Not only will this only serve to exacerbate your problem because coyotes who are fed by humans lose their fear of people, but providing food for wild animals is a violation of both City and State law.