The number of coyotes in Santa Monica is rising drastically
SANTA MONICA – Coyotes seem to be the most fearless of all creatures in Los Angeles County as they continue to make their presence known in even the most urban of settings. With more and more sightings of Coyotes being reported across Santa Monica, the City Council decided to take action. But can the hungry animals, whose food supply and natural habitat are under attack from civilization and progress be trained to fear humans? Moreover, did they ever fear humans?
City officials are working to help deter coyotes from approaching a densely populated Santa Monica. They are looking into non-lethal deterrents, such as air horns and water guns, to discourage the canine from approaching areas populated by humans. The city believes the increase in the number of appearances is due to the changing of seasons which has caused the coyote cubs to explore their new world.
While Santa Monica Animal Control is working to control the creatures, residents should take extra precaution while not not encouraging the creatures dependence on humans.
Residents should be weary of their household pets and be close by. Coyotes are dangerous creatures and often prey upon cats and smaller dogs. Citizens of Santa Monica are also encouraged to keep food indoors, remove all overgrown shrubbery, cover trash receptacles. Fallen fruit from trees should also be cleaned up, as the scavengers will eat anything they find on the ground.
Should a resident find them self face-to-face with a coyote, they should promptly make loud noises to scare the creature. If a coyote is sighted in Santa Monica, citizens can contact Santa Monica Animal Shelter at (310) 458-8595 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. For after hours, call Santa Monica Police non-emergency line at (310) 458-8491.