Coyote Sightings in Goleta & County

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Source: Santa Barbara County Animal Services

Coyote sightings are being reported with increased frequency in the City of Goleta and surrounding Santa Barbara County areas. Although no humans have been harmed, there have been some reports of coyotes approaching people while walking their dogs. In some cases, it has been reported that the wild animals appear comfortable around people.

Coyotes are medium-sized animals that belong to the dog family. Most adults weigh between 25 and 40 pounds and resemble a small gray or brown dog. Their natural diet consists of mice, rats, ground squirrels, gophers, and rabbits; however, they also eat insects, reptiles, amphibians, fruits, birds and their eggs, and deer fawns. In urban and suburban areas coyotes can also eat domestic house cats, small dogs, poultry, and other animals as well as available pet food and garbage. Coyotes are typically nocturnal, but during cooler seasons or in drought conditions they may be seen during daylight hours.

Never intentionally feed a wild animal. Once wild animals have lost their fear of humans through unnecessary interaction, they can become aggressive or too comfortable with humans for their own safety. Not only is feeding wild animals like coyotes irresponsible and dangerous, it is illegal if it results in a change in an animal’s normal behavior patterns. Please respect and help protect these wild animals.

Helpful Tips to Avoid Coyotes: 

  • Remove sources of food and water, especially at night. This includes pet bowls, fallen fruit from trees, and water in bird baths.
  • Secure garbage can lids or store them indoors.
  • Ensure outdoor enclosures for rabbits, poultry, birds, etc. are well secured.
  • Put away bird feeders and leftover poultry food at night to avoid attracting rodents and other coyote prey.
  • Do not leave dogs, cats, and other pets outside unattended, especially at night.

What To Do if You See a Coyote in Your Neighborhood:

  • Do not approach it.
  • Make loud noises.
  • If you have a close encounter with any large wild animal, pick up and hold children and small pets. Do not turn your back, instead make loud noises and calmly back away.

Additional Information and Resources:

For more information on coexisting with urban wildlife, residents can visit Animal Services website at https://www.countyofsb.org/1551/Wildlife-Resources and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website at https://wildlife.ca.gov/Living-with-Wildlife.

For wildlife emergencies (sick or injured animals) residents can call SB City Animal Control at (805) 963-1513, Wildlife Care at (805) 681-1080, SB County Animal Services as (805) 681-5285 or submit an online request.

To report conflicts or sightings of wild animals, citizens can call the local Fish & Wildlife office at (805) 568-1231.

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sfgac055 Jun 10, 2022 11:38 AM
Coyote Sightings in Goleta & County

I read a a post on Next Door about an on leash dog being attacked by coyotes in Goleta recently, within the past week I believe.

greytfull Jun 11, 2022 08:16 AM
Coyote Sightings in Goleta & County

Beware of certain behaviors that are cause for alarm, specifically:
Coyote carrying a box marked ACME
Coyote dropping an anvil from a hot air balloon
Coyote posting signs such as "Detour" or "Free Bird Seed"
Coyote detonating explosives or TNT

ljmdance Jun 11, 2022 10:29 AM
Coyote Sightings in Goleta & County

Yep, I came across one happily trotting across the Goleta bike path at Patterson Weds morning. I was there to run (I went the other direction), but it didn't seem the least bit offended by my presence.

haskelslocal Jun 11, 2022 11:30 AM
Coyote Sightings in Goleta & County

Wild animals are struggling. There's no need to panic around them. This whole theory of removing food and water is right off the range from 1952. Coyote's are making city runs because food and water in their natural habitat cannot be found. The goal here should NOT be removing source but providing it. How about set up some water troughs in the mountains? I have no idea who would pay for this or if it has to be a new form of nonprofit but there are other ways as opposed to, as always, out of site out of mind.

Minibeast Jun 12, 2022 01:09 AM
Coyote Sightings in Goleta & County

HASKELSLOCAL: We keep water out and have done so since forever. No doubt we'll all be seeing more and more coyotes. In the past five years our backyard (not too far from The Old Mission) has suddenly become a riot of squirrels and chipmunks. NEVER used to have either species anywhere near our neighborhood. Now we even see the occasional Cottontail (rabbit). All of these prey species will definitely invite coyote and hawk and even bobcat presence. I'm fairly certain the coyotes and hawks have already got busy whittling down "our" squirrel population. Where there used to be five or six at time, now we see only one or two. Today I saw a magnificent Red-shouldered hawk flying high above our house. These Red-shouldered hawks are part of a noticeable comeback, thanks to the abundance of rodents. (And may be due, also, to people becoming more aware that use of poison is a bad thing. Or at least I hope so.)

haskelslocal Jun 12, 2022 12:41 PM
Coyote Sightings in Goleta & County

I get it too and it's tough. We have a coyote near our house. Also the plethora of gophers and rodents which he's having an absolute field day on. Balance of nature? I am concerned for the opossums we have though. For us, most of the animals have escape mechanisms built in. The squirrel can run up a tree. The rabbit can hop away. The raccoon can be fierce. The skunk can spray. The gopher can run down deeper. But that little ol' rolly polly opossum is seemingly defenseless. So now what. Relocate the coyote? And yes I understand the pets and cats that are now steering clear. I have no idea what is right. Just what might works in balance. We're now just heading into the heat. May there be a solid winter of rain on the horizon.

haskelslocal Jun 12, 2022 12:42 PM
Coyote Sightings in Goleta & County

I get it too and it's tough. We have a coyote near our house. Also the plethora of gophers and rodents which he's having an absolute field day on. Balance of nature? I am concerned for the opossums we have though. For us, most of the animals have escape mechanisms built in. The squirrel can run up a tree. The rabbit can hop away. The raccoon can be fierce. The skunk can spray. The gopher can run down deeper. But that little ol' rolly polly opossum is seemingly defenseless. So now what. Relocate the coyote? And yes I understand the pets and cats that are now steering clear. I have no idea what is right. Just what might works in balance. We're now just heading into the heat. May there be a solid winter of rain on the horizon.

3P14159 Jun 12, 2022 04:02 PM
Coyote Sightings in Goleta & County

I heard about a Montecito man who "marked" along his fenceline to ward off infringing males. Apparently it worked. Farley Mowat, who wrote "Never Cry Wolf" did the same thing across a regularly used wolf path in Alaska . The animals politely circumvented his "territory" and resumed their activities. So guys - here's your excuse - tank up on the beer !

Basicinfo805 Jun 12, 2022 05:00 PM
Coyote Sightings in Goleta & County

Jeez, I think a poster or two here needs to get over it. That animal lived here before all us “animal lovers” worried about our pets, not to mention gophers and possums. If my pet gets taken out by a coyote, that’s just the way it goes. Anyone who knows anything about ecology knows that for very coyote there are a thousand rodents. Cycle of life. Wake up, humans don’t have control over every single thing.

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