Recently, several bobcat sightings have been reported at Wildcatters Park in the Blackstone development. Coyote sightings have always been rather common, not only across the northern neighborhoods, but also in other urban areas. Neither animal is considered a public safety threat.
During heat and drought conditions, animals are more likely to move out of the hills in search of scarce prey. Humans are not their target. Prime activity can be expected during a three-hour period around dusk and again just after dawn.
Brea continues to attract residents for many positive reasons. Among these, proximity to open space is highly valued as a connection to the outdoors. But as more humans move into terrain that is the natural home to wildlife, people must become more aware and routinely exercise certain caution. It is your responsibility to use common sense practices for your protection.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
• Never hike alone.
• Closely monitor children who are playing outdoors.
• Keep cats and small dogs indoors or in close presence to an adult when outdoors.
• Store household trash in heavy-duty covered containers. Assure that trash in public parks has been disposed of properly and that lids are replaced atop receptacles.
• Eliminate potential food and water sources, such as fallen fruit and water. Only feed your pets indoors.
• Secure fencing and keep yards free of thick brush and weeds. Enclose the bottom of porches and decks.
If you are outdoors and see an animal, do not approach it. But also, do not run away thus attracting more attention. Do not crouch down or bend over. Stand tall and try to appear large.
You may report wild animal sighting details to the Brea Police Department’s non-emergency line at (714) 990-7911.