Photo courtesy of Rikki Poulos

                                  Photo courtesy of Rikki Poulos

We know that reporting wildlife issues in Los Angeles can be frustrating and problematic.  CLAW is not licensed to attempt the rescue or rehabilitation of wildlife, but we hope you can use this page to find contact information for organizations and resources that help injured birds and wildlife, or to report conditions that endanger wildlife and habitats.

Wildlife issues that are at the forefront of citizens coexisting with wildlife can also be found here. Wildlife and habitat health are at the core of our mission and we continue to update this page as we uncover valuable resources and educational material. 

Coexisting with Coyotes

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Keeping coyotes wild and wary is the key to successful coexistence.   Coyotes are common throughout North America and thrive near urban areas. You may see and hear them more during mating season (Dec -Feb) and when juveniles are dispersing from family groups (Sept - Nov). Most coyotes are reclusive and may observe you for a moment, then disappear. 

For their own good, bold coyotes should not be tolerated. Instead, give them the clear message through hazing to not get too comfortable near people and in urban spaces. These safety tips will help increase your comfort and decrease conflicts when living or recreating near North America’s native “Song Dog.”

  • DON’T FEED COYOTES.  Their life and your safety depend on coyotes remaining wild and naturally wary of people.

  • Appreciate coyotes from a distance.  DO NOT approach a coyote.  They are wild animals and will defend themselves if threatened.

  • Do not feed pets outdoors or, if you do, monitor and remove the food immediately. Do not leave small dogs or cats outdoors unattended.

  • Do not let refuse attract a coyote; pick up trash and litter. Keep garbage cans tightly closed.

  • Reduce brush under trees and trim hedges, clear places that might invite coyotes to take cover or den. 
     
  • Quickly harvest ripe or fallen fruit.  Rodents or small mammals that eat the fruit ultimately attract larger predators such as coyotes.
     
  • Do not leave water accessible to wildlife.

Coyote Hazing

Use hazing or behavior modification tools and techniques if a coyote approaches you in a park or in a neighborhood, or if you see a coyote who is comfortable walking on your street or visiting your yard.  Coyotes may be more protective of dens and territories during pup rearing season (April - August).  Read our list below on hazing tips and items:

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  • If a coyote approaches you, don’t run. Wave your arms, make noise and walk toward the coyote until he retreats. 
  • If you live in an area with regular coyote sightings, always carry hazing tools (umbrellas, flashing lights, whistles, air horns, bells, “shaker” cans full of marbles or pennies, pots, lids or pie pans) when you go out or walk your dog.
  • Always walk dogs on a leash not exceeding 6 feet (LA City Muni Code Sec 53.06.2). Walk in pairs or groups. Pick up your small dog if you see a coyote.
  • Other hazing tools include: Sticks, small rocks, tennis balls, rubber balls, water hoses, water guns with vinegar water, spray bottles with vinegar water, pepper spray or bear repellent.

 

Spread the word to safely coexist! If your neighborhood has a prevalence of coyote sightings, you can download our "Be Coyote Aware" flyer for your neighbors here

Los Angeles Vicinity Rescue

Other Helpful Wildlife Resources

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Wildlife rehabilitation beyond Los Angeles: Wildlife Rehabilitation Info Directory

Los Angeles Wildlife Audubon Rescue Resources

Los Angeles Department of Animal Services Wildlife Division Article: Encountering Wildlife in Your Neighborhood

SMART (Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team) - Domestic or wild animal in distress? Trapped? Stuck? Entangled?  24/7 Rescue 1-888-452-7381

National Park Service's Nature Neighbor Project

California Department of Fish & Wildlife's list of statewide rescue centers