Officials across Southern California have seen an increase in coyote activity in residential areas and public parks. Coyotes live throughout the region and are often seen year round. Normally, coyotes pose no threat to humans and keep their distance. But if they have access to food and garbage, they lose their fear of humans and can become aggressive. Feeding coyotes encourages them to cluster in busy areas and approach people. The main areas of concern are open park space, hiking trails, brush areas, picnic areas, and children’s play areas.