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Seasonal observations of the UCCE Master Gardeners
by Jenni Dodini
on November 5, 2020 at 7:32 AM
I have been seeing, and hearing a lot of coyotes over on our property too. Also, not afraid of people. The folks harvesting the olives are now carrying guns! Stay safe.
by Sonja Lewis
on November 30, 2020 at 12:53 PM
That coyote in field looks normal--it isn't that close to anyone. Calif Fish & Game, and the Humane Society, agree that small children should never be left alone if coyotes might be present. Most animals lacking fear (unless they've been eating handouts, pet food, or garbage)are the "teenagers"--they, just like human teens, lack experience but seek adventure. Beware of possible rabies, of course. If you're disabled, don't leave your lunch scraps out (and make sure your neighbors' behavior isn't encouraging coyotes' scavenging). That should be enough to keep you safe. I have lived among coyotes for 70 years (So Calif oak savanna, N. Idaho forests, Mendocino County), and never had reason to fear them--though they sadly but rightfully killed their food competitors--my roaming cats and friends' uncontrolled dogs. My comments apply to the olive harvesters, too. NO to guns!! Those folks need to keep their dogs in the cars, and not leave lunch scraps around.  
Please, Master Gardeners, read these blog posts & comments carefully--and don't publish alarmist errors.
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