The Yorba Linda community is experiencing more encounters with coyotes due to drought conditions, especially when enjoying Yorba Linda's trails and open spaces. Yorba Linda shares a 19-mile northern wildlife interface with Chino Hills State Park and a shared southern boundary with the Santa Ana riverbed. Additionally, the City’s residential areas provide an abundance of water and food sources which encourage coyote habitation.
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 using helpful tips provided on the City’s coyote awareness webpage.
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 or relocating urban coyotes has proven to be ineffective over the long term.
The City does monitor coyote activity via reports made directly from residents, but it does not monitor social media platforms for coyote sightings. To report a coyote sighting or incident, please submit a Report a Coyote Sighting Form online.