We’ve recently had increased coyote sightings in Sunnyvale, the most recent being this afternoon at 1:30 pm at Ponderosa Park. Many people have been calling dispatch to report sightings, please do not call 911 to report coyote sightings. Many of us assume that coyotes don’t live in neighborhoods like ours because we just don’t see them, but they do.
Coyotes are an important part of our ecology, and we must learn to live alongside them. Although attacks on humans are extremely rare they can happen when the animal feels threatened. Taking appropriate precautions will keep you, your family and pets, and the coyotes safe.
Remember that Coyotes are wild animals and will defend themselves if they feel threatened. To avoid confrontations with coyotes, please take safety precautions if you ever come across one.
- Do not turn and run away.
- If you are with children, stand between them and the coyote.
- If you have a small dog with you, pick it up.
Stand tall, wave your arms in the air, and make loud noises.
- If possible, use a whistle or shake a can with coins inside.
Coyotes are most visible and active during breeding season, which runs from spring through fall. They are active throughout the day and night but become more active around dawn and dusk when they are looking for food. In urban areas like ours, they may not be as quick to run in the presence of people, but they will prefer to keep their distance.
Coyotes typically hunt small mammals such as mice and rabbits. If given the opportunity, they may also attack cats or small dogs. So if you do happen to see one and you do have animals around practice caution. The best way to protect your pets is to let them outside only when you are with them—especially at night—and to keep pet food and water inside.
For more safety precautions please visit: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Keep-Me-Wild/Coyote.