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The coyote (Canis latrans) is found across the United States in both rural and urban ecosystems. They have always filled a niche in the ecosystem in the wild as both scavengers and hunters, but in urban environments they have adapted to anthropogenic food sources and pose a threat to communities. In communities such as Long Beach, CA, the presence of a coyote can be dangerous to pets and humans, which is a concern of residents. This arm of the ongoing study includes the implementation of game cameras to understand daily coyote activity and movement throughout the community. The data give us important information about the diurnal and nocturnal behavior as well as family group sizes and dispersion times. Future measures include trapping and radio-collaring the coyotes to obtain geographical data on the movement patterns, as well as community engagement and education. Through community education and citizen reporting, we hope to manage the problem and minimize human-coyote interactions. Our goal is for the community to coexist with the coyotes and to avoid extermination.

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A Temporal Analysis of Urban Coyote (Canis latrans) Activity in Long Beach, CA