Tips to Deter Coyotes

Coyotes are by nature fearful of humans, however, if coyotes are given access to human food and garbage, their behavior changes. Keep these tips in mind to prevent human-coyote conflicts.

  • Never feed coyotes or other wildlife. In the City of Brea, it is unlawful to feed or make food available to non-domesticated animals.
  • Do not leave small children or pets outside unattended.
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
  • Trim ground-level shrubbery to reduce hiding places.
  • Be aware that coyotes are more active in the spring, when feeding and protecting their young.
  • If followed by a coyote, make loud noises, never run.
  • If a coyote attacks a person, immediately call 911.
  • Coyotes primarily hunt rodents and rabbits for food, but will take advantage of whatever is available, including garbage, pet food, and domestic animals.
  • Put garbage in tightly closed containers that cannot be tipped over.
  • Remove sources of water, especially in dry climates.
  • Bring pets in at night, and do not leave pet food outside.
  • Avoid using bird feeders as they attract rodents and other coyote prey.
  • Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.
  • Ask your neighbors to follow these tips.