Three Palos Verdes Peninsula cities launched a web app this week to track coyote sightings in local neighborhoods.
Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates and Rolling Hills Estates developed the site, which is part of an effort to manage the increasingly problematic coyote population on the Peninsula, said Rancho Palos Verdes Community Development Director Ara Mihranian.
It gives residents the chance to see where coyote activity is most concentrated near them, and increases public awareness of the issue as a whole, he said.
“We can keep track of where the sightings are occurring, what the behavior of the coyote is based on the observation of the person who reports it, and continue to track the coyote sightings,” Mihranian said.
The site, which officially launched Tuesday, allows residents to report how many coyotes they saw, what the animals were doing and when they saw them. It then combines that with the location of the sighting to create an entry that displays on an interactive map of the Peninsula.
Each sighting is color-coded to show what the animal was doing when it was seen. The 10 options range from light blue for a coyote resting in the area to purple if it injured a pet to dark green if it bit someone.
The site is similar to Coyote Cacher, another web-based app that shows information on sightings throughout California. The Peninsula-specific version is useful, however, because it provides a geographically contained source of information, Mihranian said.
“We recognize the importance of the coyote issue as it relates to the overall…
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