Unfortunately, wildlife sightings are becoming more frequent in California. According to the California Veterinary Medical Association President, “Drier conditions, fire devastation and increased activity this summer have combined to drive animals out of the hills and into populated areas in search of food and water.”
He then goes on to clarify that people have a natural affinity for animals, but that it’s important to understand the difference between domesticated pets and wildlife that just appear to be friendly and approachable. Under no circumstances should people take action and put their lives at risk in the event of a visit by a wild animal.
Irvine, in particular, has been a hot spot for many coyote attacks, especially when it comes to children. Not only have animals been found in restaurant dumpsters, but an attack on a two-year-old has happened in their own garage.
“These incidents highlight the importance of communities working together to eliminate sources of food that may attract wildlife to neighborhoods,” Capt. Rebecca Hartman of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said. “When coyotes are fed, either intentionally or unintentionally by food being left out, they can become a public safety threat.”