Pacifica police said a coyote attacked and then carried off a resident's pet dog on Wednesday.
Police said that while Pacifica is not a rural area, residents should remember many city areas are bordered by parks and open spaces that are home to wildlife. Wild animals may see domesticated dogs and cats as prey.
Police have released the following safety tips via the United States Department of Agriculture to reduce the chances of human and coyote conflicts:
- Eliminate sources of water around your home.
- Do not feed coyotes or other wildlife.
- If you have bird feeders, make sure they are positioned so wildlife can't reach them.
- Do not discard edible garbage where wildlife can get to it.
- Secure garbage containers and eliminate garbage odors.
- Feed pets indoors whenever possible. If you feed your pets outdoors, pick up any leftovers.
- Trim any shrubbery so you do not provide hiding cover for wildlife.
- Fencing your yard could deter but not prevent wildlife from entering your property. Fencing should comply with local ordinances but be at least six feet high and extend six inches below the ground.
- Don't leave small children unattended in areas wildlife has been frequenting.
- Don't allow pets to run free. Walk your dog on a leash and accompany your pets outside, especially at night.