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Coexisting with Glendale's Coyotes and Wildlife


One of the best parts about living in Glendale is being able to enjoy the comforts of the city while being close to natural beauty and the wonder of the Verdugo Mountains and other open spaces. However, with that beauty come inevitable run-ins with local wildlife, including the coyote. To promote community safety and information about managing coyotes in our neighborhoods, the City of Glendale has compiled a variety of tools and tips to keep your family safe.


Report a Coyote Sighting:

The City of Glendale’s interactive “Animal Sightings” map makes it easy to report a coyote sighting or check if wildlife was spotted in your area. If you see coyotes or other wildlife, report the sighting at wildlifemap.glendaleca.gov


Tips for Managing Coyote & Wildlife Problems:

  • If a coyote is encountered, scare it away by yelling, stomping your feet and waving your arms, and/or throwing rocks or other objects towards (but not at) the coyote . It is important to maintain a coyote’s natural fear of humans.

  • Don’t leave small children unattended where coyotes frequent.

  • Never feed coyotes or provide them with water.

  • Don’t give coyotes access to garbage. Keep trash lids on tight and don’t put trash cans out until the morning of pick-up so coyotes and other wildlife will have less time to scavenge and won’t have the cover of darkness. Wildlife are most active in the spring and summer, and especially at night or twilight.

  • Prevent access to fruit and compost. Pick up fallen fruit and keep compost piles securely covered. Cover new compost with soil or lime to prevent it from smelling and never include animal matter.

  • If possible, feed dogs and cats indoors. Don’t feed feral (wild) cats. Coyotes prey on them along with any food you leave out for them.

  • Prevent the buildup of food under bird feeders.

  • Keep cats and small to medium-size dogs indoors, especially from dusk to dawn. If you suspect losing a pet to a coyote or other animal, notify your neighbors. Once it finds easy prey, it will continue to hunt in the area.

  • Prune shrubs and trees several feet above the ground; clear brush and weeds to deprive rodents of shelter and reduce protective cover for wildlife.

  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house

WARNING: Feeding coyotes is dangerous to our community and prohibited by law 6.04.140 GMC


Coyote Coloring Book:

Teach kids the importance of coyote safety with Glendale’s informational coloring book! It’s filled with puzzles, games and helpful illustrations that make it fun and easy to learn how to keep your loved ones safe. The small booklet can be downloaded for printing by clicking here.