Is community hazing an appropriate management response to urban coyote conflicts in Southern California
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Coyotes exist in sizeable and increasing populations within most urban areas in Los Angeles County. Aggressive attacks by coyotes on domestic animals and humans are a primary concern. In urban areas, unlike in rural areas, lethal management is not the primary method for controlling coyotes. Thus, an assortment of non-lethal management practices are emphasized in urban areas, especially hazing coyotes. Hazing involves any variety of tactics to scare a coyote away from humans in order to re-instill fear of humans in coyotes. Although hazing coyotes is frequently and commonly suggested as an effective non-lethal management technique, there is no empirical research to support the effectiveness of this management recommendation in terms of changing coyote behavior to reduce negative coyote-human/pet interactions.