Combest has heard stories from her neighbors of packs of three coyotes
surrounding a woman walking her small dog.
"They walk right down the middle of our street -- it can be 7 in the
morning or 4:30 in afternoon," she said.
Reed Philips rides his bike through the trails of Bolsa Chica everyday
in the company of his dog, Maddie, and said he sees them on a regular
"They're all through here," he said gesturing to the wetlands. "I see
them a lot -- I've seen them up right to the houses."
These neighbors of the mesa and its inhabitants have lived in harmony
for years, but say that with the development of Edwards Hills they have
seen more coyotes straggle into their neighborhoods.
"I think the city and builders should have to relocate [the coyotes],"
Combest said. "That should have been part of the deal if you are going to
encroach on an animal's habitat."
City and county officials say coyotes are indigenous to the area and
any action, such as relocation, is an expensive proposition.
The California Department of Fish and Game offers advice on how best
to coexist with California coyotes.
Although attacks on children are not common, wildlife officials
suggest children should never be left unattended in areas where there are
known to be coyotes.
And small pets should never be left outside as they are easy and
Wildlife officials warn that it is important to let coyotes know they
are not welcome. They are naturally wary of humans and it is important
that they don't loose that wariness.
Throwing rocks, making noise even spraying coyotes with a garden hose
are all things that are suggested to keep that natural fear alive.
If a coyote appears to be behaving aggressively it is suggested that
Fish and Game be contacted.
Most importantly, officials said, never feed coyotes.