Many Yorba Linda residents experience occasional encounters with wildlife, including coyotes, especially when enjoying Yorba Linda's trails and open spaces. Yorba Linda's 19-mile northern wildlife interface with Chino Hills State Park and a shared southern boundary with the Santa Ana river bed make Yorba Linda conducive for coyote habitation. This time of year, coyotes are more prevalent in the community as they search for food and water for their young pups born earlier this spring.
For the most part, coyotes coexist well within the urban environment and will not affect our daily lives. The best way to minimize the nuisance and losses caused by urban coyotes is by being proactive in keeping coyotes at bay by eliminating sources of food and water. The City of Yorba Linda offers these helpful tips for residents to discourage wildlife activity in their neighborhoods:
- 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.
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 as killing and/or relocating urban coyotes has proven to be ineffective over the long term. However, the City does contract with a professional urban wildlife company on an as needed basis. Residents may report coyote sightings to the City using the online coyote reporting form. Ill or injured coyotes should be reported to Orange County Animal Care at 714-935-6848. If a coyote becomes aggressive or threatening, residents should dial 911 immediately.