Montebello city plan calls for co-existence with coyotes – California News

Montebello city plan calls for co-existence with coyotes – California News

MONTEBELLO >> A year after a city park was temporarily closed because a coyote bit visitors, Montebello has developed a plan calling for coexistence.

The 27-page document, which was prepared by Larkspur-based nonprofit Project Coyote, provides information about dealing with coyotes.

“The main goal is to emphasize the necessity of persistent public education and outreach on how to live with coyotes and mitigate negative encounters,” said Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of Project Coyote.

“Appreciative of their role or not, coyotes are here stay,” Fox said. “They’re native to California and provide an ecological role, one of which is to help keep the rodent population down.”

David Sosnowski, director of recreation and community services, denied the plan was developed as a response to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s closure of Grant Rea park in August 2016 after three people, in separate incidents, reported being bitten by a coyote, he said. The park was later reopened and there have been no problems reported since.

“The goal was more to communicate proper information” to residents, Sosnowski said. “It gives residents needed information on dealing with coyotes in a safe and legal manner. It lets them know what they can and can’t do.”

Public meetings in the future also are planned to provide information, he said.

Some of the tips for coexistence include:

• Do not feed coyotes

• Remove attractants by feeding pets inside

• Contain waste and pick up fallen fruit

• Walk dogs on a leash and keep cats inside

• Keep coyotes wary by acting “big” and making loud noise if…

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