San Diego's Canyons Are Home to Numerous Coyotes Who Are More Active in the Spring Mating Season.
San Diego is home to dozens of canyons and natural open spaces that not only allow residents to experience the outdoors in San Diego's urban core, but also serve as home to several packs of coyotes. Experts warn that it is up to residents to keep themselves and their pets safe.
The coyotes are out in packs. Last night I heard them north east [sic] of Hawley @ Adams, and them later south of Adams. Adults howling and pups yipping. It’s hunt training time. Keep your dogs and cats inside at night … - Chris Chapman, Normal Heights
The San Diego Humane Society cautions residents against leaving food (pet or human) out in their yards as it is low-hanging fruit for the omnivorous canines. While habitats do overlap between coyotes and humans, without something to attract them, visits are described as "brief and rare."
While many local residents favor a culling of coyote numbers, research shows that strategy to be largely ineffective. According to the Humane Society, even reducing numbers by as much as 70% does not meaningfully impact population numbers because of the prolific breeding rate.
Since March marks the end of the breeding season, experts caution the best course of action is to protect one's yard and to keep your distance. Keep pets indoors and feed them indoors. A little common sense during the period when coyotes are most active goes a long way to keeping both them, and us, safe.