Reports have recently been made of coyote sightings in Solana Beach, and mountain lion and coyote sightings in Rancho Santa Fe.
“These animals are native to the area and can be attracted around homes by leaving pet food out, the presence of small pets, etc. State Fish and Game warn people to not leave food or pets outside and keep a close eye on small children, especially during early morning or late afternoon times,” Rancho Santa Fe Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser said. “In addition, do not jog, bike or hike alone; do not approach a coyote, bobcat, or mountain lion. Sometimes the attraction of smaller wild animals attracts the bigger animals as well.
“These animals are most active at dawn, dusk and at night. Often deer are attracted to the area because of food sources, same with opossums, raccoons, and other prey. These animals are often prey for larger animals.”
Please take precautions to avoid coming in contact with these animals, Wellhouser said. Below are referral numbers you can call for more information. Refer to the websites below. Fish and game would like to know of sightings to track the activity.
• San Diego County Wildlife Services 1-800-486-0010
• California Fish and Game – San Diego office 858-467-4201