L.A. Coyote Sighting Report Form
The new frontier of wildlife research: The ecology of the urban coyote.
Los Angeles is the second most populous city in the country, and has been home to coyotes since its creation. We know now that there are some coyotes that spend their entire lives within the bounds of Los Angeles City. Beyond that, however, much of their ecology is shrouded in mystery.
The goal of the LA Urban Coyote Project, run by the Santa Monica Mountains National Park Service, is to provide insight into the lives of coyotes living in Los Angeles, identify ways to minimize future human wildlife conflict in a humane and effective manner, and foster co-existence with urban wildlife.
Note: We are a wildlife research project, and are not the best department to contact in the case of a wildlife emergency. If you or any other person have been attacked by a wild animal, seek appropriate medical help and contact LA Animal Control at (888) 452-7381.
Date of Sighting/Conflict
Time of Sighting/Conflict
Street Address of Sighting/Conflict
City of Sighting/Conflict
Zip Code of Sighting/Conflict
Type of Encounter
Sighting - Observation of coyote(s)
Human Attack - Direct contact, biting or scratching
Human Aggression - Growling, baring teeth, or lunging at human
Encounter - No physical contact, no aggressive behavior
Coyote following / tracking humans
Observation of coyote tracks, scat or vocalization (howl)
Pet aggression - Coyote growling, baring teeth, or lunging at pets
Pet attack - Pet bitten or killed by coyotes
Pet encounter - meeting between pet(s) and coyote(s) with no physical contact and no aggressive coyote behavior
Coyote following pet(s)
Number of Coyotes Observed
How close were you to the coyote?
Physical Condition of Coyote(s)
Mangy - loss of hair, scabs commonly on tail / rump and around ears
Did animal see you?
If animals saw you, did it run away?
Describe aggression of animal on a scale of 0-5
0 completely calm
5 highly aggressive
Include information about what the coyote was doing, and if there was anything that may have led up to the issue if this is a nuisance issue.
Was coyote being fed by humans?
Not to my knowledge
Yes, by hand
Did one or more coyotes have visible ear tags or radio collar?
If coyote had ear tags or radio collar, please describe the color (of tags or collar) and which ear tags were on.
How often do you see a coyote in this area?
This is the first time
1-2 times per month
3 times per week
once per week
Did you haze the animal/s
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