Many residents of Lake Forest experience occasional visits from local wildlife. This is a part of our choice to live near open spaces of nature. But late night forages in trash cans, messes left behind, and the occasional "setting up camp" in or around property can make our furry neighbors a bit of a nuisance.
Orange County Animal Care offers the following tips to help discourage wildlife activity in your neighborhood:
By minimizing food, water, and shelter in your yard, you can help alleviate wildlife encounters and property losses. For more information, contact Orange County Animal Care or visit the Orange County Pet Information website.
Orange County residents experience occasional visits from wildlife, especially those that reside in areas next to protected parks and wilderness trails. During spring time, these visits may become more frequent as this is the breeding season for many wild animals, including coyotes.
The City of Lake Forest offers some helpful tips to discourage wildlife activity in their neighborhoods:
Coyotes are naturally timid animals and will usually flee at the sight of a human. If they linger or approach, it's time to begin "hazing." This is a term applied to the following actions that can be taken to scare coyotes and chase them away:
Taking preventative measures should help deter wildlife from visiting your property. Any incident (e.g. sighting, encounter, or conflict) with a coyote should be immediately reported by calling (888) 334-2258. In an emergency, contact 911. Residents can also sign up for Coyote Cacher, a University of California Cooperative Extension alert system and research initiative designed to report sightings of coyotes and collect information on coyote conflicts in California.