The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG), in partnership with the City of Arcadia, has officially launched its new regional public safety education and outreach effort to address coyote concerns in local communities. This comprehensive and integrated regional approach to coyote management will provide guidance for dealing with coyotes in the region and allow the SGVCOG to provide coyote management services to the City of Arcadia. As a member city, the program provides Arcadia residents with a toll-free number to report coyote encounters and incidents, along with access to educational resources and referrals to programs and services to foster human and pet safety, including:
- Coyote safety community meetings and training.
- Informational website.
- Coyote education and materials.
- Online coyote reporting tool.
- Crisis intervention.
- Pet safety planning.
Arcadia residents are encouraged to call the Neighborhood Coyote Hotline at (626) 278-8039 to report coyote encounters and incidents. The reporting hotline is available 24/7 and is staffed Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents may also email firstname.lastname@example.org for reporting, questions, and upcoming events in their neighborhood.
This program stems from the collaborative work of the SGVCOG Coyote Management Task Force, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the County of Los Angeles, the University of California, the City of Arcadia, and other cities and external stakeholders. The City of Arcadia continues to work diligently with the SGVCOG to monitor, track, and respond to coyote inquiries and concerns. By approaching coyote management regionally, this program enhances the City’s proactive approach to tracking and monitoring coyote activity throughout the City, while also participating in a larger regional effort to educate residents on best practices to discourage the habituation of coyotes in San Gabriel Valley communities including Arcadia.