Huntington Beach

Coyote plan updates asked

TUESDAY’S CITY COUNCIL meeting in Huntington Beach will include a proposal on coyote management (Shutterstock).

In the aftermath of the coyote attack on a young girl on the beach on April 29 and the town hall that followed, two members of the Huntington Beach City Council are proposing to “update” plans to manage problems caused by the far-roaming wild canine.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the council, Councilmembers Rhonda Bolton and Natalie Moser will present their proposal to bring the 2015 Coyote Management Plan current with today’s best practices and techniques.

Among the proposals are:

  • a review of city polices, responses, codes and precautions to increase safety of residents and pets
  • a comprehensive evaluation of the 2015 plan on how wildlife can be discouraged from attraction to beach and parks by managing trash receptacles and other features
  • updates to reporting and response programs including a phone app to provide real-time reporting to track coyote movements, sightings, and behavioral trends
  • review the city’s contract with OC Animal Care to ensure it aligns with the city’s revised coyote management plan.

A staff report on the proposed “operational enhancements” would be required within 30 days.

The council will meet in person and via Zoom Webinar on Tuesday with a 4 p.m. study session for a review of the proposed 2022-23 city budget, followed by the regular session at 6 p.m.

City Hall is located at 2000 Main St. (at Yorktown Avenue).

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