Coyote Sighting

Report a Coyote Sighting

To report a coyote sighting or incident, please submit the online Report a Coyote Sighting Form or email Mark Aalders, Assistant to the City Manager, with the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Phone Number
  • Location of the Coyote (include cross streets or address)
  • Any Other Information You Wish to Provide

The information you provide will be sent to the City’s contract trapper to make the final determination on whether to trap the coyote(s).

About Coyotes

Coyotes generally hunt between sunset and sunrise, but may be seen at any hour of the day. While rarely a danger to humans, coyotes will display defensive behaviors if threatened or cornered. If you do encounter a coyote that behaves aggressively, you have probably gotten too close to its prey or its family, so increase the distance between you and the coyote.

Taking Precautions

The best way to minimize the nuisance and losses caused by urban coyotes is to take the following precautions:

  • Fully enclose all outdoor animal areas;
  • Keep cats and small dogs indoors or in the close presence of an adult;
  • Keep pets indoors when not supervised;
  • Keep trash containers closed;
  • Keep yards free from potential shelter such as thick brush or weeds;
  • Enclose the bottoms of porches and decks; and
  • Eliminate all potential food and water sources.

Additional Information

Please be advised that the County of Orange Animal Control does not handle coyote issues; however, the City does contract with a professional urban wildlife company on an as needed basis. For more information, visit the coyote awareness page of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

The general policy of the City of Yorba Linda, Orange County Animal Care, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is not to trap coyotes. Killing and /or relocating urban coyotes has proven to be ineffective over the long term.  

Residents are also encouraged to report ill or injured coyotes to Orange County Animal Care at 714-935-6848.  If a coyote become aggressive or threatening, residents should dial 911 immediately.