San Clemente and Dana Point residents are reporting more and more coyote sightings, according to San Clemente city officials.
The calls are being logged by the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter, reports San Clemente city officials in a press release.
The city released these tips when it comes to spotting a coyote, whether it’s near a home, park or even commercial area:
- Never feed coyotes. It is illegal to feed coyotes in most places. Feeding endangers your family and neighbors as it lures coyotes into neighborhoods.
- Keep unattended cats and dogs indoors or in completely enclosed runs, especially at night, and do not assume that a fence will keep a coyote out of your backyard.
- Accompany your leashed pet outside. Make sure you turn on lights if it is dark to check your backyard for unexpected wildlife.
- Keep dogs on short leashes while walking outside; the Division of Wildlife recommends a leash no longer than 6 feet, which is also required by city laws in San Clemente and Dana Point.