Living with coyotes in San Gabriel

Recently, the City has been receiving questions about the coyote population in San Gabriel. Coyotes are sly, intelligent and very adaptable animals. Despite attempts to regulate their numbers throughout the United States, coyote populations have continued to increase. Primarily nocturnal, coyotes are omnivorous and are attracted to urban neighborhoods because of the abundant food sources such as garbage cans, pet food, birdseed and outdoor pets.

To deter coyotes from your property, consider the following tips:

  • Make your trash can inaccessible by keeping lids securely fastened.
  • Do not keep pet food outdoors
  • Some deterrents that may keep coyotes from your property include: battery operated flashing lights, tape-recorded human noises, and squirting the coyote with a garden hose.

Unless there is an immediate threat to human life, the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society or the City of San Gabriel will not trap, relocate or kill coyotes. The City has page dedicated to the coyote population that you may view here. Here is a major takeaway:

Coyotes, whose natural habitat is the Los Angeles basin, have adjusted to the shrinking habitat by living closer to humans, sometimes in residential areas, parks, and on the landscaped areas of the freeway system. Coyote use the flood control channels, freeways, hillside erosion gutters, city streets, and sidewalks as convenient means of travel. They find an abundant source of water from swimming pools, gutters, leaking hose faucets, and sprinkler heads, bird baths and pet water dishes in residential areas.

Although the coyote is an excellent hunter, feeding primarily on rats, mice, ground squirrels, rabbits, insects, carrion and fruit, it will not hesitate to kill cats, small dogs, poultry, sheep or goats, given the opportunity.

If you see a coyote, please report it here. If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email or give me a call at 626.308.2812.