Coyotes have been attacking pets in the Seal Beach area, prompting a call for action by residents who said sightings have been a growing occurrence over the past few years.
Wildlife officials don't know the exact coyote population in the Seal Beach area. The city contracts Long Beach Animal Control, which reported nine attacks since 2013 and 12 pet deaths, according to the OC Register.
The council hasn't yet set a date, but is reportedly planning a town hall meeting to address the pet attacks. In past meetings, the council has recommended installing a gate on a flood channel that the coyotes use to move around the city.
The council also allocated money for coyote awareness signs in July.
The Seal Beach City Council recommends supervising small pets that weigh less than 20 pounds at all times while outdoors, and making loud noises to deter coyotes if they approach. "A coyote cannot tell the difference between a small cat or dog and a rabbit, mouse or any other food source," according to a Seal Beach news release.
Long Beach Animal Control provides an animal repellent recipe made of castor oil and lemon-scented dish soap on their website as well.
Retractable leashes are not recommended as they can jam, making it more difficult for one to protect a pet.
If a coyote is spotted in the daytime, "you should yell, wave your arms and/or throw something at it," according to the news release. But avoid running, as a coyote will think you are prey, and follow you.
The city also reports that coyotes can jump up to 14 feet high, so a fence would not deter them.
Never feed a coyote, and remove fallen fruit - especially avocados, the Seal Beach City Council website recommends.
Coyote attacks on people are usually rare, amounting to 10 attacks in the United States and Canada per year. Weeks ago, a Burbank man said he was chased by a pack of coyotes, and deterred them by slamming a shovel on the ground.