The City of Arcadia is a participating member in the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments regional Coyote Management Plan to address coyote concerns in San Gabriel Valley communities. This comprehensive and integrated regional approach to coyote management will provide guidance for dealing with coyotes in the region and allow the SGVCOG to provide coyote management services to the City of Arcadia. As a member city, the program provides Arcadia residents with a toll-free number to report coyote encounters and incidents, along with access to educational resources and referrals to programs and services to foster human and pet safety, including:
- Coyote Safety Community Meetings and Training
- Informational Website
- Coyote Education and Materials
- Online Coyote Reporting Tool
- Crisis Intervention
- Pet Safety Planning
This program stems from the collaborative work of the SGVCOG Coyote Management Task Force, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the County of Los Angeles, the University of California, the City of Arcadia, and other cities and external stakeholders. The City of Arcadia continues to work diligently with the SGVCOG to monitor, track, and respond to coyote inquiries and concerns. By approaching coyote management regionally, this program enhances the City’s proactive approach to tracking and monitoring coyote activity throughout the City, while also participating in a larger regional effort to educate residents on best practices to discourage the habituation of coyotes in San Gabriel Valley communities including Arcadia.
Coyote Management Plan
San Gabriel Valley Regional Coyote Management Framework (RCMF): The overall intent of this framework is to provide guidance for dealing with coyotes in the San Gabriel Valley region. The RCMF does not supersede federal, state, county, and city regulations and policies.
City of Arcadia Coyote Management Plan: The intent of the City of Arcadia’s Coyote Management Plan (“Management Plan”) is to provide guidance to the community and City staff in response to frequent human/coyote interactions in Arcadia. The Management Plan is based on research and best practices that include a full spectrum of tools to effectively respond to coyotes in an urban area.
Coyote Maps: Through the City of Arcadia’s Coyote Hotline and other reporting tools, the City has mapped coyote encounters and notified residents within a several block radius of heightened coyote activity each quarter by sending a “Coyote Hot Spot” letter in English and Chinese.
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If you see a coyote wandering the streets that is not causing harm, there is nothing to do other than perhaps trying to scare it away if you are walking nearby. If you are walking with a small child or animal you would certainly want to pick them up and remove yourself, the child and the animal from the situation.
If a coyote approaches you or comes in your yard...
...be as big, mean and loud as you can. Make loud noises, throw rocks in the animal’s direction, spray it with a hose, rapidly open an umbrella in its direction or use an air-horn to scare it away. Throw objects at the coyote; if it continues to approach, do not run and instead retain eye contact, pick up small pets and children and move slowly away. Coyotes have been scared off properties by people waving brooms, making noise, throwing tennis balls or other objects and clapping their hands. An air-horn, “coyote shaker” or “can clanger” may also work.
"Discouraging Coyotes in Arcadia" This video is a cautionary reminder on how to best safeguard your family and pets.
Additional Coyote Resources
Sick or Injured Wildlife: The Pasadena Humane Society is the only shelter in Southern California that has a wildlife rehabilitation license and provides direct care to wild animals. If you find a coyote that is sick or injured, please contact the Pasadena Humane Society 24-hour emergency hotline at (626) 792-7151 immediately.