A concerted effort is underway to save coyotes from being trapped or killed called coyote hazing, a technique used to help reinstate fear in the animal so they don't return to neighborhoods. Angie Crouch reports from Calabasas for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on August 14, 2012.
Experts are teaching Southern California residents how to safely live with coyotes, an animal that often meanders into residential neighborhoods, posing a threat to people and pets. The lessons are based on a model plan developed in Calabasas.
“We cannot expect them to leave and not come back,” said Alex Farassati, Calabasas Environmental Services manager. “This is their territory, and they protect their territory. So the best way for us is to understand their behavior.”
Last year, Calabasas city officials voted to ban coyote trapping and worked with wildlife experts to develop a plan to help residents live with coyotes in the city, including feeding pets indoors.
Randi Feilich volunteers for Project Coyote, a non-profit wildlife protection group that teaches people how to live with coyotes in the urban interface.
Simple sounds and motions, like the opening of an umbrella, can scare off coyotes. Or a motion-detecting sprinkler. Or the loud clang of metal.
“A simple household item you can grab is pots and pans,” Feilich said. “You can take them and open up your door and make the sound. The coyote will disappear right away.”
[UPDATE, Thursday, 7:11 a.m.] Humane Society of the United States seminars are scheduled for Thursday in Long Beach.
Long Beach Animal Care Services Office
7700 East Spring Street
Long Beach, Calif. 90815
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Skylinks Golf Course
4800 East Wardlow Road
Long Beach, Calif. 90808
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.