Culver City begins coyote tracking

The move is part of the city’s Coyote Management Program

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The Loyola Marymount coyote research team has made progress in its research in Culver City recently! The team was able to secure a juvenile male coyote and have fitted him with a radio collar to track his activity.  

The research team has been observing a Culver City coyote pack and its movements throughout 2020 via critter cams throughout the community. 

While the team captures several images a day of the pack, these are only in specific places, and usually in the middle of the night.

By placing a radio collar on the coyote, the team will be able to observe movements of the coyotes throughout the day as well. 

This allows researchers to answer several questions about where the animals are denning, how often they venture into the neighborhoods and how far their territory extends. 

Researchers have already been collecting data and found that on the first day, our coyote has spent all day in the Inglewood Oil Field. The team looks forward to collecting more data and learning more about this coyote pack.

The move is part of the Culver City’s Coyote Management Program, which the city paired up with Loyola Marymount University in 2019 to respond to the percieved increased coyote activity in the city and the deaths of beloved houshold pets as a result of coyote attacks.

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The program has also produced an online visual map which documents the known coyote encounters in the city from 2013-2019. 

For more information on Culver City’s Coyote Management Program, visit the City’s Coyote Management website, email Culver City Police Lieutenant Luis Martinez at luis.martinez@culvercity.org, or call 310-253-6251.