What we don’t know about urban coyotes keeps us from creating an effective management program. Niamh Quinn of the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, says in a 6/15/16 Daily News article
We’re seriously lacking in a lot of scientifically based information when it comes to coyote management
Quinn recently wrote a paper, now under peer review, that explores what cities and other agencies are doing to keep reliable records on such things as mapping coyote sightings and pet attacks, including cross streets and other specifics.
Many cities don’t start the record-keeping, Quinn said, until pet killings and coyote complaints reach a fever pitch within a community. “If you can’t measure, you can’t manage,” Quinn said. “If you don’t know where your conflict is, how can you expect to solve it?”
And that is exactly why we need your help. Any time you see coyote activity in Rossmoor, please make yourself a note of the date, time, place (cross streets, address, location withing school or park, etc.), number and size of the coyote(s), and what was happening. Then you can come back here to make a report.
When we all work together we can come up with solutions to the challenges we face. Wild rumors and speculation, especially the ones that create fear and anxiety, do not help us create a workable long-term solution.