Institutional Coyote Management Program
From time to time, The Huntington is asked about what it does to manage the coyote population on its property (207 acres). In fact, coyotes are part of the landscape of the greater Los Angeles area, including urban and suburban areas, canyons and parks. Because we host some 600,000 visitors each year and because we are aware of aggressive coyotes in the area, we have in place a coyote management program that includes removing brush, controlling pests that serve as food for coyotes, and using leaf blowers and similar equipment in areas they might try to inhabit as a means of creating noise and making the area appear less hospitable. We also have engaged an outside contractor to periodically remove coyotes to keep the population in the area under control. There is no effort to eradicate coyotes from The Huntington; wildlife biologists at the state Department of Fish and Game have assured us that’s not possible. But they do agree that removal can help re-instill the fear of humans, potentially reducing the likelihood of attacks. At the same time, they have told us that the incidence of coyote attacks on humans has markedly increased in Southern California and that as coyotes have migrated into urban and suburban areas, their numbers per square mile have increased dramatically, and their behavior has become increasingly bold and brazen. We know that we must balance two very important considerations: the need to provide protection to Huntington visitors, staff, and neighbors while being sensitive to the local wildlife population.
We also know good coyote management means working in concert with the local community to ensure a consistent approach. With that in mind, we have held town meetings periodically to bring in wildlife management experts to provide education and outreach for our staff, volunteers, and neighbors regarding best practices for dealing with coyotes in urban and suburban areas.