The University of California Coyote Catcher website tracks sightings and attacks. Their figures for 2018 show coyote incidents are down compared to last year. In 2017, there were 142 coyote attacks. More than halfway through 2018, San Diego is on track to stay below that number, with 64 attacks.
According to the website, there have been six reported pet deaths this year.
“I believe we were getting one to two calls earlier this season. And since the summer hit, we're getting 5-7 calls a week,” Padilla said.
Experts remind pet owners to keep them inside or on a short leash. Another recommendation: don’t leave food or water outside your home. Pet owners should also stay alert in the morning and evening when coyotes are especially active. If you encounter a coyote, take action.
“You get big, bad and loud. You want to scare the coyote. You want to make sure the coyote sees a human, they get fearful, and they want to keep their distance from us,” said Padilla.