Los Angeles, CA (5/15/19) — Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) commends Culver City leaders for taking a measured approach to coexisting with coyotes. The city approved funds for a three-year coyote study in partnership with Loyola Marymount University that includes tracking migration patterns and implementing city-wide educational programs.
“This thoughtful collaboration should serve as an example for municipalities that are struggling with wildlife,” said Madeline Bernstein, President spcaLA. “I hope that they will publish their findings to help other cities find ways to coexist peacefully.”
Too often the reaction to coyote “encroachment” is extermination, which is inhumane and ineffective. As long as food resources are available, other coyotes will move in and take their place.
People and their pets often offer the most accessible food source. It is imperative that people safe-guard their pets and remove these additional food sources. The following tips can prevent problems before they arise:
• Don’t allow pets to roam unattended. Walk your dog before nightfall.
• Secure trash in sturdy plastic or metal cans with tightly fitting lids. Also, wait until the morning of pick-up to put trash out.
• Eliminate any food sources such as fallen fruit or unattended pet food, which may attract wildlife.
• Clear brush, dense ground cover, wood piles, and garden debris where rodents may be living. Reducing the rodent population will eliminate an attractive food source.
• Don’t feed wildlife.
• Tightly screen all access holes into buildings.
For a complete list of tips for Living with Urban Wildlife, please visit spcaLA.com