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Officials Advise Hazing for Coyote Safety

With coyote pup season in full swing and potential interactions more common this time of year, the city of San Marino recently shared hazing methods from the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, or SGVCOG, to help keep the animals at bay.

Coyote pup season is spring, usually between April and May. Coyotes are monoestrous, meaning they have one breeding season per year, usually between January and March. Their pups are born in April or May, two months after breeding season. Coyotes will use different den sites during this time, but by the time the pups are 8-9 weeks old, they are weaned and the den will be abandoned. By the end of the summer, the pups usually move out of the parents’ territories and seek new habitats.

Some coyotes select secluded areas for their dens, whereas others in more urbanized areas have less selection and may use dens near buildings or roads or even in parking lots.

“Coyotes can become too comfortable in our neighborhoods if they find easy access to yards or food,” the city said in a statement. “When you see a coyote close to your property, it’s important to haze them.”

However, the city warns that hazing shouldn’t be attempted if the coyote is far away, or walking on the street from a distance, as they might get used to it. Instead, residents are advised to reserve scare tactics for when a coyote is nearby.

The SGVCOG has provided these tips for properly hazing a coyote:

• Stand your ground. Make eye contact. Haze until the coyote retreats. Allow room for the coyote to escape.

• Be multisensory. Use tools that scare with sound, light and motion. Residents should consider waving their arms, jumping up and down, yelling or using a SGVCOG coyote whistle.

• Prevention first. Keep pets close and attended. Remove any attractants, such as food or water sources. Be aware of coyote dens and pups.

The SGVCOG provides a regional approach to coyote management and serves as the central organization responsible for outreach and reporting to eight participating cities, including San Marino. Residents can report their sightings to (626) 278-8039, coyotes@sgvcog.org or tinyurl.com/sgvcoyotes.

First published in the June 6 issue of the San Marino Tribune

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