Norco Community Meeting: "Living with Wildlife"
Norco residents have observed an increase in coyote sightings and pet interaction. Living with wildlife can be challenging, but it is both possible and beneficial to learn how to coexist with wildlife. Norco Animal Control Services and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a community meeting on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 6 p.m. at Nellie Weaver Hall (3737 Crestview Drive in Norco) in order to provide information on keeping family pets and young children safe while enjoying our diverse ecosystem.
Preventing that conflict begins with education and compassion. Many of the wild animals who are part of our complex ecosystem can come into contact with people and their pets. Understanding who we share our community with, and taking reasonable steps around our homes, can prevent conflict from occurring and present the opportunity to enjoy the many benefits that come from a healthy coexistence with nature.
Here are a few important facts residents should know about coexisting with wildlife in the City of Norco, which will be discussed in detail at the community meeting on July 15:
- Encounters and conflict often occur because of resources and changes to infrastructure. Identifying and removing attractants—such as accessible garbage, outdoor pet food, overflowing bird feeders, and fallen fruits or berries—and reporting deceased animals for removal can limit inappropriate contacts.
- Complex predator-prey relationships exist in all healthy ecosystems. In urban areas, common carnivores that can come into conflict with people or pets include eagles, hawks, owls, coyotes, foxes, minks, weasels, raccoons, and roaming domestic cats and dogs.
- Ensure pets are observed in backyards, on leash in natural spaces and are not roaming at large. These are easy ways to keep pets and wildlife safe from disease, vehicular collisions, and other types of risks that can lead to injury and/or death.
- Keep close watch of small children. When small children are in the yard or out in natural spaces, it is essential to keep a close watch. Sometimes coyotes mistake small children for small animals.
- Talk to neighbors and alert the City of Norco when people are inappropriately feeding wildlife. Remember that feeding a dog outside, or giving peanuts to a squirrel, can attract unwanted animals to you and your neighbors’ yards.
For more information or to report coyote-to-person and/or pet interactions, contact Norco Animal Control Services at (951) 737-8972 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For after-hours emergencies, call (951) 371-1143.