Coyotes in our Community (Post Date: 8/3/21)

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Coyotes in Camarillo are becoming a more common occurrence. We want to share some information about the resources that are available to manage coyotes and what to do if you encounter a coyote.
 
The City has been in recent communication with the Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) regarding this matter. While coyotes are not a protected species, DFW does not suggest capture and relocation or eradication, because when this is done, the absence of analpha coyote can worsen the problem by attracting transient coyotes and potentially an increase in pup litters. Instead, both agencies suggest “hazing”, or scaring the animal. Ventura County Animal Services has a Coyote Management Plan. The California Department of Fish & Wildlife has a webpage and brochure that discuss ways to keep coyotes out of your neighborhood. Links to these resources are shared below.
 
VCAS responds to calls which involve a sick or injured coyote(s). Human attacks are rare, but VCAS encourages you to report, by calling (805) 388-4341, when there is a public safety issue, such as a coyote(s) threatening people or resting in an area frequented by people, such as a yard, park, playground, school, or call 9-1-1 (human attacks). Ventura County Animal Control Officers do not respond to calls for service for normal coyote behavior, such as sightings. 
 
The City is working with VCAS and DFW to develop opportunities for these agencies to educate the community regarding coyote management plan and effective “hazing” techniques. More information will follow.
 
The VCAS Coyote Management Plan identifies hazing program in Appendix C, which begins on Page 16 of the Plan. We encourage neighborhoods who are being impacted by coyotes to gather together and discuss this as a combined hazing effort for your neighborhood.
 
We encourage residents to be vigilant and to use the best practices provided by VCAS and DFW.