Torrance Police Department on Coyotes

From Torrance Police Department:

As most of you may already be aware, the City of Torrance has been experiencing an uptick in coyote sightings. With that said, the Torrance Police Department is taking a proactive approach in educating the community, including all students, on safety tips to prevent coyote conflicts. Our goal, which has been approved by TUSD, is to provide a brief safety presentation at all upcoming elementary school assemblies.  Additionally, school resource officers will be providing elementary school students with coyote activity books that are not only educational but fun. In an effort to visit all 17 elementary schools in a timely manner, please advise of a date/time, preferably a school assembly, that works best to visit your individual schools. The Torrance Police Department thanks you in advance for your assistance and participation in taking these proactive measures with this important matter. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Please feel free to share the following link (video) with school personnel regarding coyote conflict education. It’s important to remember that coyotes are an important part of the ecosystem, helping to keep the rodent populations under control. Coyotes are by nature fearful of humans. However; if coyotes are given access to human food, pet food, or garbage, their behavior changes and they will quickly lose their natural fear of people and may become bold, even aggressive. The best way to prevent this from happening is through education and coyote hazing. v=ZNZvXyVvxpM&feature=player_ embedded

Thank you,

Detective Velarde
School Resource Officer
3300 Civic Center Dr
Torrance, CA 90503
Office: (310)618-5719 Cell: (310)345-3537