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IRVINE

Surrounded by open space, Irvine’s villages are prone to coyote visits. Longtime residents are accustomed to hearing the animals howl at night.

While some people associate coyotes with the city’s long-lost small-town charm, police caution that the animals are still around and here to stay.

“We happen to live in a city that has a pretty good population of wild animals,” said Carl Pagano, public safety superintendent for the Police Department. “Not everyone has the good fortune of seeing them. But they are there and can be pesky. We want to tell people what’s there so that they can minimize their contact with them.”

No particular section of the city is a hot spot for coyote sightings. The animals appear in Northwood and Turtle Rock. Residents in central villages, such as Winwood and Westpark, have reported an increase in sightings, Pagano said.

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For more information about coyote sightings, call (949) 724-7000.


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