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Some Coyotes Call Cerritos & Artesia Home

As the population of urban coyotes grows residents will be seeing more of these four-legged neighbors. Read these helpful tips on what to do should you encounter one of these wild animals.

As the mating season for coyotes approaches, sightings of these wild animals have increased in Cerritos and Artesia over the past couple of weeks, and according to some residents, it’s concerning but not uncommon to see these creatures roaming through their neighborhoods. 

These urban coyotes, as they are commonly referred, have adapted to living in urban areas, according to animal control officials.

Chief of Operations David Linn at the Long Beach Animal Control, which services the city of Cerritos, said there have already been five reported sightings of coyotes in Cerritos for the month of December.

“It’s normal to see coyotes around here,” said Cerritos resident Mina Yun. “The last coyote I saw was at  (in Cerritos) on my way to a friend’s house.”

According to Yun she’s spotted coyotes around her neighborhood and in the city about once a month over the past six months.

So Who Do You Call If You See A Coyote?

Residents should report sightings to their local animal control no matter the time of day. In Cerritos that would be the Long Beach Animal Control and in Artesia the residents should contact the Los Angeles County Animal Control located in Downey. (See phone numbers for these agencies listed below.) Documented sightings help animal control agencies focus on areas with the most activity.

What Should You Do If You Come Face to Face With A Coyote?

“Make lots of noise, wave your arms, and make yourself bigger than you are,” said Linn. “Coyotes will stalk a small pet if you are walking with one, making loud noises will usually spook them.”

According to Linn, coyotes don’t usually attack humans and that in his 17 years of experience he has never come across the situation, but residents should remember that they are wild animals. They should not try to feed, capture, or encourage any type of wildlife. Residents should contact their local animal control immediately after any type of incident with a coyote.

The experts stress that: prevention is the key.

Here are a few more quick tips when it comes to dealing with urban coyotes:

  • Take extra precautions when walking with or without a pet after dark or at dawn.
  • Keep property clear of food sources that may attrack coyotes. (pet food, fruit from trees, and trash cans left open).
  • Keep small pets inside at night if possible, and keep pets up to date with vaccinations in case of contact with a coyote.
  • If you come across a coyote, shout in a deep voice, waive your arms and throw objects at the animal.
  • Look the coyote directly in the eyes.
  • Stand up if you are seated.
  • If you are wearing a coat or vest, spread it open like a cape so that you appear larger.
  • Retreat from the situation by walking slowly backward so that you do not turn your back on the coyote.
  • Contact local animal control after any sighting or incident.

Residents should note that the coyote mating season spans from January to February with the females having their pups in April and May, so the population of urban coyotes is expected to increase in the next few months. Living with coyotes has been a challenge for many communities in Southern California and all across the U.S. Even with all the efforts by animal control agenices, only a couple of coyotes are captured every year.

Local Animal Control Contact Information:

Cerritos: http://www.longbeach.gov/acs/ - Phone: (562) 570-7387

Artesia: http://animalcare.lacounty.gov/locationbycity.asp - Phone: (562) 940-6898

Dennis January 02, 2012 at 06:17 PM
In some respects coyotes are a blessing. They keep down the rat population. I remember when the "Golden Triangle" (Cerritos Town Center area) was being cleared for development there was a group of coyotes. They were removed to the National Forest area. Soon thereafter residents around that area noted a large infestation of rats attacking their trash and other food sources.
MarieSam Sanchez (Editor) January 03, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Dennis, I totally remember when that happened! There were a ton of rats/mice just running through the streets and I even remember seeing a few run up trees on my block after that area was cleared. Have you ever seen a coyote in the neighborhood? Sightings seem to be on rise lately!
Dennis January 03, 2012 at 09:31 PM
update: My wife reminded me it was fox in the triangle, not coyote.
Mary January 03, 2012 at 09:36 PM
We live in Cerritos, and see coyotes in our back yard every few months. Our yard back ups to an elementary school, and the coyotes leap the six foot cinderblock wall like it's nothing!
Guillermo Arzate January 03, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I think the key is learning to coexist with the wildlife around us.
Paula January 04, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I live in Norwalk between Alondra and Excelsior off of Bloomfield.. We have had numerous sightings of coyotes..Many of our pets have been killed in the area..They have been seen going under the fence at Holifield Park into the old tank farm at Excelsior and Norwalk which is an ideal place to live and breed..Since they are so difficult to trap, maybe they could be shot with a tranquilizer gun and relocated..Sterilization before relocation may help cut down on the overpopulation..
Ed banks November 15, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I just seen 2 coyotes at heritage park in Cerritos November 14, 2012. I was walking my bulldog and as I finished and put my dog in the back seat of my Prius I look behind me about 20ft and there goes 2 big 60lb+ coyotes plotting on my dog I assume. Thank god I drive there and I only live 1/2mile away. These tall long legged dog look alikes are scary as heck! Don't underestimate them, I truly Beleive they are now officially not scared of humans during mating or hunting season whatever they call it! My advise is bring a stick or some type of weapon to defent yourself and your pooch when u walk at dawn or late night! Hope this helps my fellow neighbors!

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