Coyotes in Serrano Park

Many homeowners in Serrano Park find wildlife annoying. This is especially true of coyotes since they are a threat to pets. So, what can you do?

California and local laws limit a person’s response to preventive measures or hazing only.

UC IPM Recommendations for Coyotes:

Hunting, and poisoning (of the type used for coyotes) are illegal here. Trapping with leg traps is illegal everywhere in California. Live trapping is discouraged because relocation is not feasible. Any dealings with problem coyotes must be dealt with through California Fish and Wildlife agents or local law enforcement.

Trapping with leg traps is illegal everywhere in California.

From DFW1389d  (State od California – Department of Fish and Wildlife)

3003.1. (3)

“It is unlawful for any person, including an employee of the federal, state, county, or municipal government, to use or authorize the use of any steel-jawed leghold trap, padded or otherwise, to capture any game mammal, fur-bearing mammal, nongame mammal, or protected mammal, or any dog or cat. The prohibition in this subdivision does not apply to federal, state, county, or municipal government employees or their duly authorized agents in the extraordinary case where the otherwise prohibited padded-jaw leghold trap is the only method available to protect human health or safety.”

The City of Lake Forest recommends: “Taking preventative measures should help deter wildlife from visiting your property. Any incident (e.g. sighting, encounter, or conflict) with a coyote should be immediately reported by calling (888) 334-2258. In an emergency, contact 911. Residents can also sign up for Coyote Cacher, a University of California Cooperative Extension alert system and research initiative designed to report sightings of coyotes and collect information on coyote conflicts in California.” More HERE

Orange County Animal Control: “While OC Animal Care understands residents’ concerns regarding wildlife, we are not licensed to trap or relocate healthy wildlife and therefore do not provide these services. … OC Animal Care will respond to situations regarding any wildlife that is sick, injured, dead (depending on contract city), or has had physical contact with a human or domestic animal.” More HERE

California Wildlife Watch Program: