WEATHER »

Coyotes Eating Pets

City Officials Warn of Increased Sightings


Santa Barbara Animal Control reported on Thursday that several cats and small dogs have been injured and killed by coyotes roaming around town in recent days.

According police spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood, three coyote sightings near the Mesa and San Roque areas were reported on Wednesday alone. “Cousins” of dogs, coyotes usually weigh between 25 and 40 pounds and, when they’re in urban areas, feast on garbage, rodents, pet food, and sometimes domestic animals.

To avoid coyotes — and “keep them wild” — Animal Control advises residents to secure outdoor trash can lids, enclose rabbit, poultry, and bird cages, put away bird feeders and leftover pet food, remove any food or water sources, clean up fallen fruit beneath trees, and keep household dogs and cats outside inside at night.

Although typically nocturnal creatures, coyotes have been spotted in daylight during colder months. Harwood said no humans have been harmed since reported sightings have increased.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



event calendar sponsored by:

Community Forum Provides Updates on Immigration Enforcement

About 9 percent of people in Santa Barbara County are undocumented.

Santa Barbara Launches Interactive Street Sweep Map

Users can identify dates, times, and routes for street sweeping by address and colored areas.

Santa Barbara Zoo Bids Farewell to Beloved Elephant

Sujatha passes away at 47 years old.

Disaster Relief Rundown for Santa Barbara 

A tally of nonprofit giving since the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow.

Santa Barbara County to Consider App-Driven Rental Two-Wheelers

A meeting is scheduled November 6 for ordinance regulations.