May 25, 2018
App tracks close encounters of a coyote kind
SOUTHLAND - Urban coyotes are on the rise and are increasingly crossing paths with local residents. There have been police reports of coyotes attacking pets and even people.

A new mobile app has been developed to help keep track of where those wily coyotes are coming into contact with people.

Hikers and people walking their dogs can use Coyote Cacher, created by the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, to report coyote sightings.

"Coyote conflict appears to be particularly high in Southern California and it seems to be emerging in other areas. The information people provide through Coyote Cacher will help inform government agencies, wildlife researchers, park managers and residents to make better coyote management decisions," said Niamh Quinn, UC Cooperative Extension advisor, who studies human-wildlife interactions.

By reporting encounters with coyotes in their neighborhoods, residents can share information to help neighbors keep their pets and children safe. (INT)
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