California coyotes getting very bold

A warning has been issued to residents in an Irvine neighborhood where there has been a growing number of coyote attacks on children.

Source: Irvine child’s coyote attack 4th in last two months |

A coyote attacked a 3-year-old girl at Silverado Park near Silverado and Equinox in May.

Since then, there have been three more attacks involving young children in Irvine. The most recent attack occurred Sunday and involved a 2-year-old child.

In this latest attack, the coyote actually came into a garage to bite the child. All the children who have had coyote encounters received minor injuries but it’s very possible that things could have been worse. The aggressiveness of coyotes is due to a number of factors say wildlife officials who are warning people to be cautious. The animals are getting used to people, for one. And residential areas are a source of food and water for them in this time of drought.

They are not “dogs” and should be scared away from people. Instead, they are becoming more accustomed to our lifestyle.

  8 comments for “California coyotes getting very bold

  1. GaryM
    July 12, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    How one reacts to coyotes depends a great deal on where you live. I grew up and reside in a place where they are common and people’s reaction often involve a certain amount of aggression to keep them away. Saying that, they can enter your yard and sometimes may be found in unexpected locations including trees. See for more detail about a particular incident. 🙂

  2. jockmcdock
    July 12, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Are humans also playing a part in changing their behaviour? For example, by feeding them. Dingoes in Australia used to avoid contact with humans but have become bolder in areas where people (often tourists) provide them with food.

  3. Zed
    July 12, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Recently an alligator showed in populated area and Parks and Wildlife captured it for removal not because it was a danger but, because people would start feeding it and then it would become a danger. Basically they have given up on people being responsible.

  4. Bonnie
    July 13, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    I’ve never seen a coyote in a tree! But they are probably responsible for the disappearance of several of our cats who didn’t climb trees quickly enough.

    We moved into coyote territory, not the other way around, so we’ve chosen to let them be. We protect our animals as best we can and – so far – have never had a problem. I enjoy their concerts at night. 🙂

  5. GaryM
    July 13, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    We have cats – never out alone – especially in the evening or early morning. Also protects those birds in the tree. 🙂

  6. One Eyed Jack
    July 13, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Rumor has it that local wildlife officials will be relocating several semi-flightless desert fowl to control the problem.

    The ACME corporation has been hired to oversee the project.

  7. Phil
    July 13, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    It’s sever factors. These are by and large new construction, though there have been homes there for decades. The coyotes are now used to people but many of the people may not be used to coyotes. The destruction of habitat makes the coyotes look for alternatives for food. Many vast swathes of hillside have been bulldozed. But before you all go berserk, it is private land and Irvine actually has tons of open space I think it’s 50% preserved which is huge for a master planned modern development. Not 50% parks, 50% open space untouched. Which means the coyotes have lots of labs to live wild but of course they’re smart and come eat the KFC from the trash.

  8. Overkill
    July 13, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Many years ago I heard stories of rabbits climbing trees to escape predators.

    I found it difficult to believe until I personally witnessed it happen. They do it quite easily.

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