Update 4:22 p.m. Officials confirm Seal Beach coyote program would be trap and kill
The Seal Beach City Council approved trapping and killing coyotes, Seal Beach Assistant City Manager Patrick Gallegos tells KPCC. The state of California doesn't allow for trapping and relocation, Gallegos said, adding, "We wish that they did."
Andrew Hughan with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that the state doesn't allow relocating coyotes.
"It's because all you're doing is relocating a problem," Hughan told KPCC, adding that coyotes are a nuisance, predator species.
Gallegos said that coyotes have become more aggressive in Seal Beach, killing over 50 pets so far.
"We don't believe all coyotes are problems," Gallegos said. "“We want to catch the ones that are aggressive and too comfortable [around people]."
Many other cities trap and kill coyotes, Gallegos said. He said the goal isn't to eradicate coyotes and that it's known that people need to coexist with coyotes.
Seal Beach is employing a two-pronged plan, Gallegos said. The first part is educating residents on what to do if they see a coyote and how to take precautions to avoid attracting them, and strategic trapping.
The other is strategic trapping, according to Gallegos. He said that Seal Beach is working with Long Beach animal control to see where pet attacks happen.
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9:41 a.m.: Seal Beach approves coyote plan to trap coyotes
Seal Beach has approved a plan to trap coyotes that have been preying on neighborhood pets.
The Orange County Register reports the City Council voted 4-0 Monday night to approve two two-week trapping sessions starting next week.
The council will review the results at its next meeting on Oct. 13.
Before the council meeting, residents held a memorial for pets killed by coyotes.
One resident brought a stick to the meeting to describe how she has regular stand-offs with a coyote at her home as she protects her dog.
Mayor Ellery Deaton says the city is also exploring long-term solutions such as possibly sterilizing habituated coyotes and creating neighborhood programs that could include yard audits to make them more "coyote-proof."
This story has been updated.