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Coyote Concerns
updated: Jan 18, 2014, 10:30 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

We live across from the Modoc Preserve (25 acres or so of wooded land and field on the 4100 block of Modoc Rd). There is a coyote that has taken residence, which was OK with me until I realized he/she doesn't appear the least bit timid or concerned with horse, dogs or humans milling around in the same space. Should I be more concerned that my son (6th grader) walks this field to school ?

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 COMMENT 486733 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-18 10:37 AM

Call Animal Services - (805) 681-5285, or The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network - (805) 687-9980. Do not let your child go near this animal.

 

 COMMENT 486734 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-18 10:39 AM

You needn't be too concerned but your neighborhood may want to keep small pets secure. Be glad for the coyotes keeping the rodent population in check.

Walking my dog the other morning near Assistance League & Hillside House I saw two coyotes, just standing there watching us. Very cool. We can co-exist. Don't forget this land is their land too.

 

 COMMENT 486736 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-18 10:42 AM

Keep your cats indoors and your chihuahua sized dogs on a leash. And feed your cats and dogs indoors.


Coyotes hunt when hungry, night or day.

 

 SYVPEANUT agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-18 10:47 AM

Another well acclimated coyote. We pose no threat to them, in fact we provide multiple opportunities for food. If you are afraid of them then do them a favor by scaring them back into the hills where they won't be targeted by Animal Control for relocation or hit by cars.
Wily coyote...they will be the last creatures on the face of the earth.

 

 COMMENT 486745 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-18 11:00 AM

We have coyotes at the barn all year round. I see them and sometimes they will tag along on a trail ride. Not a big deal. We have two barn cats but they are brougt in at dusk and stay within the feed room and people/horse areas.

We did have young male hang out close to us and sleep in the arena for a while. But he grew up and moved on. He was cute but we kept a distance from him and he found his way.

 

 DOWNDOG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-18 11:15 AM

No.

 

 COMMENT 486756P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-18 11:39 AM

Thanks for letting us know. I sometimes walk with my dog there.

 

 COMMENT 486758 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-18 11:49 AM

See the website for the group "Project Coyote." It's full of informative and helpful tips on living in areas with coyotes.

 

 COMMENT 486760P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-18 11:55 AM

have heard naturalists talk about coyotes trailing dogs with their walkers, not in anticipation of killing, but out of interest in mating with the canine females. Don't walk a dog which is in heat in rural areas.

 

 COMMENT 486768 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-18 12:09 PM

We have had coyotes around our place on the upper Mesa forever. Many more than we see, based on the amount of howling we hear when fire truck siren goes by. They have not bothered any humans, but we think they took a small dog of ours that got out of the yard and into the wild area. That was years ago, she was old and deaf and sick, so we can't hold a grudge. Mostly they eat gophers and rats, and they are most welcome to those.

 

 COMMENT 486786P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-18 12:42 PM

They're everywhere, including middle class residential streets and busier main arteries. Oh yeah, they'll eat your pets! It's the owners' responsibility to protect pets, and not always successful. That open area? Please share and don't blame a predator for being what it is.

 

 COMMENT 486790 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-18 12:57 PM

There was even one seen on Manhatten a few years ago.
Don't think you can scare them back to the hills and all will be well. They are here because they can't make it there, or they infringe on another coyote's territory. Only so many coyotes per acre. One too many and Death must intervene.

 

 COMMENT 486791P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-18 12:58 PM

Oops. I said "middle class"; the idea I was trying to get across was coyotes in more densely populated, concreted areas. Sorry for any misunderstanding. And there are creek trailways and food opportunities everywhere, upper State, Riviera, Mesa, Oak Park/Samarkand -- anywhere. The one that most surprised me, years ago, was a report of a coyote near State or Chapala & Mission.
Animal Services won't do anything, but they can send you WILDES' brochure:

http://animalrescueteam.net/PDF/WILDES%20Coyote%20Brochure.pdf

 

 COMMENT 486812 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-18 02:13 PM

Comment 733. Really call Animal Control? Animal Rescue Team, Inc. is the only wildlife rehab facility that helps rescue and rehabs coyotes. Please call their 24/7 rescue hotline, 805 896-1859. Their website also has printable WILDES brochures under an education tab for your viewing pleasure.

PLEASE, everyone, we are in a serious drought. This is the begining of the worse drought in history. Imagine the impact on our native wildlife. Please help by putting water out!

 

 COMMENT 486843P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-18 03:37 PM

A feral dog would be ever so much more of a problem for a kid or adult. Please stop fearing nature. People need to get off these infernal electronic devices and learn what all our ancestors knew. So much ignorance; so much fear.

 

 COMMENT 486879P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-18 05:10 PM

Put water out to encourage wild coyotes and raccoons? Not good advice at all.

And please spare us the hyperbole about 'the worst drought in history - we're not even close to that mark.

 

 COMMENT 486995 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-19 08:26 AM

Don't put steak in his lunch, should be ok.

The homeless thugs on lower state and vicinity are a far greater threat yet there is no agency to call to have them removed despite the fact that they constantly act in a threatening manner and have a history of preying on humans.

 

 COMMENT 487028P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-19 10:13 AM

If only there was an agency we cold call to remove all the people and other creatures we find offensive... then our lives would be PERFECT.

 

 COMMENT 487134 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-19 02:24 PM

If you see him strapping on an Acme jet pack, be scared . . . be very scared.

 

 COMMENT 487157 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-19 03:46 PM

@134 for the win! Beep beep!

 

 COMMENT 487209 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-19 07:40 PM

134, Winner winner!

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-19 10:28 PM

If the coyote is already living there, it wouldn't hurt to put a pan of water in an out-of-the -way place for it. Definitely don't let cats roam in his territory, day or night. Have your son stay away from him, he won't chase and attack him (unless it has rabies).

 

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