Program to Keep Coyotes From Homes

Ever wondered how to keep coyotes out of your backyard?

In an effort to alert residents, the Ventura County Department of Animal Regulation has created a miniature model of a typical California single-family home with backyard that demonstrates ways to discourage coyotes from entering neighborhoods.

The model is on display at Camarillo City Hall through July 13.

Designed by Patrick Musone, the department's education officer, the model is part of a county campaign on the continuing problem of coyotes in residential areas. Biologist Morgan Wehtje of the state Department of Fish and Game assisted with the model.

The county planned to trap and relocate coyotes, but state officials turned down that proposal, saying that relocation would be akin to "putting the beans in another part of the same jar."

County officials later agreed and embarked on a countywide educational campaign. In addition to the model and brochures, the department is meeting with homeowner associations and neighborhood groups.

Groups interested in borrowing the model or scheduling a seminar should call Musone at 388-4341.

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