Published : Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 3:03 PM
The City of Pasadena’s Public Health Department will present a draft of the Urban Wildlife Management Plan at Blair Middle School Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. It is the second such meeting; the purposes are to both inform and gather public input on managing human and wildlife interactions.
The draft plan gives general guidance to the public on prevention of potentially dangerous human interactions with wildlife. It also provides guidance for the City on how to respond to the same incidents.
While the plan covers many dos and don’ts related to human-to-coyote or human-to-black bear encounters, above all, don’t feed the wild animals, is the message. The key to avoiding conflict is to not feed coyotes, bears, cougars and other non-domesticated animals roaming the Pasadena area.
Education is the key to safety at the intersection where humans and wild animals meet, according to the plan. The plan recommends a reasonable plan of action to decrease attractants, increase safety for humans and their pets and “reshaping wildlife behavior” for peaceful coexistence.
The Plan also calls for monitoring and data collection with regards to coyote management, mainly to determine where the humans and coyote interaction “hotspots” may be located. One of the purposes of the study is to help cut back on conflicts over time.
A copy of the plan can be found here:
The Plan is currently in draft and is subject to changes and City Council approval later this year. The Plan is also under California Environmental Quality Act review and will have a separate comment period for that compliance.
The Urban Wildlife Management Plan will be presented at Blair Middle School, Room 135 (1135 S. Euclid Ave., corner of S. Marengo Avenue and Allendale Road), from 6-8 p.m.