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UC Web site helps you avoid coyote problems

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, October 16th, 2007 at 8:10 am in coyotes.

Take a look at this interesting note I got about CoyoteBytes:

Hello Gary:
I thought you might find this information and new Web site of interest. This project is currently operating in Southern California, but plans are under way to expand to our area. As a walker in the Lime Ridge Open Space (Walnut Creek) who enjoys regular coyote sightings, I am pleased to see solutions that allow us to amicably coexist. — Shelley Murdock, county director of UC Cooperative Extension

Here’s a little bit (byte?) from the press release Shelley sent me:

UC Web site helps homeowners avoid coyote problems.
A new Web site has been created by a University of California wildlife specialist to assist homeowners in preventing and solving conflicts with suburban coyotes.

http://www.coyotebytes.org/index.html provides information about coyotes in urban and suburban environments, giving specific management recommendations. Residents of Lost (OOPS, Freudian slip) Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties can also report coyote attacks or encounters via the site.

In the future, you’ll be able to view a map that shows where reported attacks occurred. UC scientists will compile and analyze this information to better define the scope of the coyote problem in these counties, and to improve their recommendations for preventing and solving future coyote conflicts.

CoyoteBytes provides information to homeowners, land managers, agency personnel, and others to help solve coyote-human conflicts, particularly in urban and suburban areas. The site also has coyote photos and short video clips in a photo gallery of suburban coyotes for you to see. You can also submit your own coyote photos and videos.

During 2007, this Web site is targeted toward Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties.

** It will be expanded to all of California at a future date. While the focus is down south, the coyote information that is NOW on the site is applicable to coyotes EVERYWHERE … so drop by and start reading!

With CoyoteBytes, you can:
** Learn about urban coyotes,
** Report a coyote encounter or incident,
** View a map of coyote incidents in your area,
** Find links to more information about coyotes

This Web site appears to have real possibilities for making it possible for humans and coyotes to live in the same area and get along with each other. That would be nice.

At the very least, there’s a LOT of fascinating information on CoyoteBytes about coyotes and how to enjoy them while protecting yourself, your kids and pets from any dangerous encounters. It’s pretty interesting.

Please check it out and let me know what you think: gbogue@bayareanewsgroup.com /Gary

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