Torrance awaits environmental review for stepped-up coyote management plan

A coyote trots across Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim Hills. (File photo by Bruce Chambers, Orange County Register/SCNG)


An environmental review is under way on plans to increase coyote trapping in the city of Torrance, according to an announcement issued Wednesday, Feb. 20.

The revisions to the city’s coyote management plan were approved in November amid what have been ongoing resident complaints about the loss of pets to the wild predators. The move also came after it was revealed that the city had trapped just one coyote in the two years leading up to the fall of 2018.

The city’s reporting data tracking sightings and coyote attacks on cats and dogs also had fallen behind.

The revisions to the plan would institute a five-month active trapping season from October to March each year. Trapping also would be expanded to geographical areas where dangerous coyote behavior is reported. Currently, the strategy is more pinpointed to individual locations that have been reported.

The new measures also call for hiring a part-time, civilian coyote management staff assistant and stepping up the city’s education and outreach programs.

The goal is to have the revised plan in place by fall.

Cities throughout the nation are increasingly dealing with coyote management strategies as the animals have made new dwelling places in urban areas where food is plentiful. Many cities rely heavily or even solely on wildlife education programs for residents and include no lethal management methods. More recently, as the problems have persisted, some cities have begun instituting targeted trapping and euthanasia in neighborhoods where aggressive coyote behavior is reported.

The issue is an emotionally heated one with animal rights groups pushing against lethal methods and residents who believe cities must do more to protect people and pets as a matter of public safety.

4 thoughts on “Torrance awaits environmental review for stepped-up coyote management plan

  1. You know, it’s really hopeless. People in cities actually face more danger to people and pets from other humans, not coyotes. It always leaves me puzzled as to why people cannot do the least little thing, such as keeping pets indoors, to help themselves, and are so suggestible to fall for whatever it is someone tells them to vilify wildlife. I truly believe many people have lost all connection they may have once had to the natural world.

    I was taking part in a bird survey at a beach the other day, and a person couldn’t even pick up after their pet – they got ‘halfway’ by picking it up and putting it in a plastic bag, but left it on the rocks at the beach! If there are no receptacles, can’t they throw it out at home? It is their pet, after all.

  2. I’m far more worried about stuff like dirty needles and drug paraphernalia left around parks and public places as well. It makes no sense.

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