• Coyote sighted in George Washington Park

    Citizens in Pacific Grove have informed Pacific Grove Animal Control about a young coyote seen several times in George Washington, relatively near people walking dogs. Citizens in other neighborhoods have reported a coyote, too, and responded to our Facebook page. It could be the same coyote as they have a wide territory but it’s better not to take chances.

    Coyotes are fearful of humans by nature but could become a threat if they get comfortable around humans, or are given access to food and edible garbage. They could lost their natural caution and cause property damage or even threaten pets and humans.

    Animal Control reminds citizens that coyotes are part of our natural surroundings and play an important role in our ecosystem by helping to control rodent populations.  Coyotes are typically nocturnal animals and prefer to hunt for rodents and small animals. But they are opportunistic hunters and may prey on small pets and on pet food left outdoors, as well as on unsecured garbage.

    Knowing that coyotes are prominent on the central Coast, it is important to heed the following reminders by Pacific Grove Police Animal Control:

    – Never feed coyotes or any other wildlife.

    -Don’t allow pets to run fee, especially at night.

    -Secure your trash and garbage containers.

    -If approached by a coyote, it may be possible to chase them away by shouting, waving your arms, or making loud noises. If this fails, throw sticks or rocks in the animal’s direction.

    -Carry an animal deterrent spray with a citronella base.

    – Resoect and protect wild animals and keep them wild.

    If a coyote attacks a pet or a person in Pacific Grove, immediately notify Pacific Grove Animal Control at 831-648-3143.

    Additional information about living with wildlife can be found on the California Fish and Wildlife website “Keep Me Wild” at www.keepmewild.org

     

     

    posted to Cedar Street Times on August 2, 2013

    Topics: Front PG News, Green

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