The Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine Animal Care Services (ACS) Bureau will host a community seminar to educate Long Beach residents on coyotes within the city on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 6pm to 8:30pm at the Wardlow Park Community Center, 3457 Stanbridge Ave.
Speakers will include representatives from ACS, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and researchers from the Loyola Marymount University Center for Urban Resilience, who are currently conducting a coyote study for the City.
The free seminar will cover several topics, including: coyote behavior, attractants, deterrent methods, pet safety, state response, the city management plan, and details and updates regarding the ongoing coyote study.
“There will be an opportunity for the community to ask questions at the end of the presentation, so I hope families that are impacted by or want to learn more about the issue will attend this seminar and take advantage of the expert knowledge that will be present,” said Ted Stevens, manager of Long Beach Animal Care Services.
Coyotes have been an ongoing issue in Long Beach and the surrounding area for several years, and it affects every area in the city, officials say. In response, the City engaged Loyola Marymount University to conduct a study on the habits of the coyotes in the city, assist in updating the City’s Coyote Management Plan and assist with community outreach efforts.