Those who live in the Huntington Beach know that we live in an amazing area. Beautiful weather, a nice atmosphere, and only a five-minute drive to the beach. The people of Huntington Beach are truly lucky to live where they live.
However, no place in the world is entirely perfect. There are problems in Huntington Beach as there are anywhere else in the universe. One of these problems is getting out of hand. As coyotes grow in population and grow in comfortability, this problem makes itself more well known.
As previously mentioned, the coyotes in Huntington Beach are well known at this point and are beginning to seem regular. Let it be known that simply because you become used to a problem, doesn’t mean it no longer is one.
We now live in a place where coyotes simply coexist with humans to a point where the animals show no fear when hunting for food or looking for water. These animals often come out in the open confidently, which is dangerous for not only pets but sometimes even humans.
The number of attacks is only going up. From August 2012 to August 2016, there were over 50 attacks in which a person was bitten. Coyotes are being to associate humans with food, making them braver and more aggressive than they used to be. They no longer fear us. In fact, in 2015 alone there were 11 coyote attacks in southern California. Though it is notable to mention that there have been no reports of any human deaths due to coyote attacks, so there’s no reason to panic.
Still, the number of cats that have been attacked is concerning. Residents hardly see outdoor cats in Huntington Beach anymore and the reason is clear. Even smaller breeds of dogs are advised to stay inside all day. Most are unwilling to risk it anymore.
Many owners have learned the hard way the dangers of leaving pets outside. Lauren Aguirre said, “My little cat fell victim last week to the coyotes . . . I looked for her all night. Then in the morning we found her collar with blood everywhere in front of our home.”
Another example is in Kimberly Synder, who said, “My indoor cat snuck out two years ago. . . I came home to him beheaded and gutted on the front lawn the following morning.” Cases like these are traumatizing to owners, and the goal is to prevent things like this from happening again.
As coyotes get braver, it is recommended to keep any small pets inside at all times. Residents are advised to avoid walking dogs at night and to keep away from areas that are known to have coyotes. If residents do come into contact with a coyote, it is advised to try to haze them.
Hazing is a technique used to scare the coyote away and train them to be afraid of humans. Hazing is the opposite of running away, which you should not do. To haze a coyote, make yourself look big and frightening, them shout loudly at the coyote to scare it away. It doesn’t matter what you say, what matters is intimidating them.
We should all be on the lookout for coyotes so we can keep ourselves and our pets from being attacked. Stay safe Stacey Cougars.