Coyote Information

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coyote in the wild

Many residents in Huntington Beach and all of Orange County experience occasional visits from local wildlife, especially those that reside in newly developed neighborhoods or areas next to protected parks and wilderness trails. During springtime, these visits may become more frequent as this is the breeding season for many wild animals. While some residents understand that wildlife is being pushed from their natural habitat and take pleasure in these visits, many consider them a nuisance because of late-night forages in trash cans, messes left behind and the occasional "setting up camp" in or around one's property.

Small pets can easily become coyote prey. Cats and small dogs should not be allowed outside alone, even in a fenced yard. It is highly recommended that their owner always accompany small pets. Though coyotes generally hunt between sunset and sunrise, they can be observed at all hours of the day and will not pass up the opportunity for an easy meal. A dog or cat left in a backyard can be taken in a matter of moments. The City of Huntington Beach has adopted a Coyote Management Plan based on best management practices and tiered responses to aggressive coyote behavior.

The City of Huntington Beach offers some helpful tips to discourage wildlife activity in their neighborhoods.

  • Keep pet food indoors and do not leave food of any kind outside at night. Food left out at night will be taken as a welcome invitation by wildlife and may prompt a future visit.
  • Keep cats and small dogs indoors or in the close presence of an adult.
  • Remove any fruit which has fallen to the ground.
  • Store trash in covered, heavy-duty containers.
  • Keep yards free from potential shelters such as thick brush and weeds, and enclose the bottoms of porches and decks.
  • Eliminate garbage, debris, lumber piles, etc.
  • Check fencing and try to eliminate access points to rooftops.
  • Change automatic sprinkler settings regularly.

Taking these preventive measures should help in deterring wildlife from visiting your property. Please remember that if the three (3) life-sustaining elements are available (food, water and shelter), you are likely to encounter some wildlife in your area. For more information on the laws pertaining to urban wildlife and their protection visit the Department of Fish and Game's website at More specific information on coyotes is available below.

The City uses the coyote contact/sightings reporting to monitor their activity in the community and to take appropriate action in accordance with the City's adopted Coyote Management Plan. The City is not able to respond to every coyote report or make follow-up contact with each citizen who files a report.
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Additional Coyote Information6 documents

  • Reported Coyote Activity - April 2024
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  • Coyote Management Plan 2022
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  • Preventing Coyote Conflicts
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  • Coyote Hazing Guidelines
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  • Department of Fish & Wildlife - Coyotes in Southern California
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  • Coyote Yard Audit
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