Environment & Science

Arcadia OKs $15,000 in funding for coyote-culling plan

File: A new mobile survey will help people report encounters with urban coyotes in Southern California -- and see what's happening in their neighborhood.
File: A new mobile survey will help people report encounters with urban coyotes in Southern California -- and see what's happening in their neighborhood.
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The city of Arcadia voted to approve $15,000 in taxpayer money to trap and kill coyotes in the city at Tuesday night's city council meeting. The vote was 4-1, with Mayor Tom Beck the only dissenting vote.

The council first voted unanimously for the plan itself earlier in February, as residents asked for the action after recounting stories of pets being attacked or stalked by coyotes. However, the move didn't sit well with animal advocates.  

Project Coyote was at the council meeting to persuade city officials to adopt a co-existence plan.

Randi Feilich of Project Coyote said coexistence requires public education.

"Don't leave pet bowls outside ... take out the trash the morning that it's supposed to come, seal off your trash containers," she told KPCC before the meeting. "Keep fallen fruit off the ground, because coyotes like fruit."
 
The city of Los Angeles and the city of Calabasas currently have coyote coexistence plans in place.

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