January through early March is mating season for coyotes. They tend to become very active and will be active in marking and defending their territories to protect the viability of their pack and ensure the success in raising their pups in the spring.
Some helpful tips to follow to avoid an unwanted interaction with a coyote:
- Remove food from your porches and outside feeding areas so you don't attract them to your property.
- Do not let coyotes intimidate you.
- Implement hazing when you come face to face (hazing is chasing them out of your yard, spraying them with the hose, and making loud noises. The idea is to make them not feel welcome in your yard).
- Coyotes can be very verbal during this time.
If you encounter a coyote that is exhibiting concerning behavior, such as approaching leashed pets, closely following people, or not running off when harassed, you should contact California Department of Fish and Wildlife. South Coast Region at (858) 467-4201.