Since June 2019, CURes has been working alongside the city of Culver City to develop a long-term plan to control coyote activity in local residential neighborhoods. In this three-year plan, we are asking questions, such as: What are their preferred food sources? How do they use our neighborhoods and surrounding areas? Are there behavioral differences between coyotes that are successful in urban neighborhoods and those that stick to the natural areas? To answer these questions, we will be installing automated camera systems, also called “critter cams,” to monitor coyote and other wildlife behavior and movement patterns within the city. These will be installed in parks and other green spaces as well as backyards throughout the city. In addition, in collaboration with the National Parks Service, we will be trapping and radio collaring coyotes to monitor movement patterns through both cities and natural areas. To learn more about their preferred food sources, we will be collecting coyote scat and identifying prey items within it. We will also be learning more about how humans feel about coyotes by interviewing residents and how humans are attracting coyotes to their backyards by doing coyote risk assessments in yards throughout Culver City. If you would like a critter cam in your yard, if you are interested in a backyard assessment survey, or if you find coyote scat, please contact Dr. Melinda Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org to participate in one of these studies!
CURes recently completed a three-year study in the City of Long Beach, in which they analyzed scat samples and thousands of photographs taken in Long Beach. Results of this study will indicate how many coyotes are consuming cats vs natural prey sources and will reveal activity patterns and interactions with other animals.