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Coyotes (Canus latrans), while an integral part of a healthy ecosystem, have posed prominent problems across the United States in cities and residential areas, including the local neighborhoods of Westchester, Long Beach, and Playa Vista. The abundance of anthropogenic food sources in urban areas increases coyote density and causes more frequent coyote-human interactions. Our study aims to accurately assess the benefits coyote populations bring to an ecosystem as well as their interactions with these communities while also properly managing the threat to their residents and promo*ng coexistence. We plan to educate residents in these communities on how to interact safely with coyotes. Through community reporting and education, we hope to ensure that wildlife feeding regulations will be enforced and the feeding will cease, vastly limiting the anthropogenic food sources available to coyotes and reducing the impetus for interactions between coyotes and humans in these communities. We hope to apply our refined methodologies in the future so that they can be applied on a more general level to mi*gate similar coyote management problems in other urban areas, allowing future research to further analyze the effects of the reduction of anthropogenic food sources on coyote abundance and distribution.

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2017

Coyote/Human Interactions in the City of Long Beach, CA

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