Help Protect Aliso Viejo's Pets and Children
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In recent years, aggressive coyotes have become more prevalent on private properties and sidewalks in Aliso Viejo. Coyotes have no natural predators in the area (wolves) and have been allowed to overpopulate our neighborhoods. Municipal officials have not approved, launched or implemented coyote control methods or programs (as other cities have, such as: Seal Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach and Irvine) that address the increasing number of attacks in our city.
CURRENTLY ALISO VIEJO RESIDENTS CAN NOT WALK THEIR DOGS WITHOUT A WEAPON. CATS AND DOGS CAN'T ROAM AND PLAY IN THEIR OWN BACKYARDS, EVEN DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS!!
Many coyote sightings and interactions have been posted daily across social media platforms such as NextDoor and Facebook. Mission Viejo Animal Control doesn't have valid data that reflects our current coyote population. Since more and more pet deaths and attacks have happened in the past few months residents have become better at reporting to Animal Control and they have had to work overtime to try and help haze them. Unfortunately some of the more "urbanized" coyotes are not affected by hazing nor are they scared of humans.
We are now experiencing an increased risk to human safety. Based on studies of observance of coyote behavior, the next sequence is an attack on a child (as occurred in Irvine). We will not risk a child, disabled, elderly or any person being the next victim of a vicious attack. We want a safe community for raising our children and walking our pets without the fear of coyote attacks. We want to protect our homes without fear of a coyote entering. We must protect our children, families and pets without fear of coyotes jumping out from bushes or from under cars (which Newport Beach PD has records of).
By signing this petition, we agree to:
1) Continue to haze coyotes per guidelines provided by the city and Mission Viejo Animal Control.
2) Continue to take precautions to reduce attracting coyotes to the areas.
Phone Mission Viejo Animal Control every time a coyote is sighted, encountered and/or an attack takes place on pets and or humans.
3) Also, by signing this petition, we demand the City of Aliso Viejo do the following beginning March 1st, 2018 a)Identify aggressive coyotes and create a coyote management program for the City of Aliso Viejo (i.e. using paint ball, physical markings, etc.).
b)Monitor and track the calls made by residents regarding coyote sightings and attacks to Mission Viejo Animal Control and make the information publicly available to residents. We need transparency on a weekly basis. There also needs to be a checks and balances to validate Animal Control's data.
c)Begin humanely trapping the dangerous and sick coyotes and begin removal.
Collaborate with neighboring cities regarding coyote management and emulate their successful techniques of coyote removal (Seal Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Irvine, etc).
*when you sign the petition it asks for money to support the cause - we do not need money, please skip this step
*Petition adapted from Newport Beach's Petition, "Stop the killing of dogs and pets by aggressive coyotes in Newport Beach." Created by the Newport Beach Residents.
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