Part of Arcadia’s beauty comes from our close proximity to the foothills, an area that is abundant with wildlife. It is not unusual to see coyotes walking through neighborhoods or even on busy streets.
Coyotes tend to venture into neighborhoods more often in the warmer months when they are in search of food and water sources. It is important to be aware of how to interact with coyotes. To ensure your safety, here are 5 cautionary reminders on how to best safeguard your family and pets:
1.) If a coyote approaches you, do not run-retain eye contact and 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 and close an umbrella, shake a can full of pennies, or use an air horn to scare it away.
2.) If you see a coyote while walking with your pet or small children, pick them up and calmly leave the area.
3.) Do not leave cats and small dogs outside unattended; do not leave small children outside unsupervised.
4.) Do not leave trash, pet food, water, or food waste in accessible areas. Dispose of garbage in secure containers and wait to place your trashcans at the curb until the day of pick-up.
5.) Most wildlife poses little threat to humans as they have a natural fear of people and are not comfortable in unnatural surroundings. However, if you are being threatened by a coyote, call 911 or the Arcadia Police Department at 574-5151.