WILDLIFE: The Ascon team shares the community’s concern about coyote activity in Huntington Beach. We are actively managing coyotes seen at the site as part of the project’s coyote management plan. We have consulted with Orange County Animal Care, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the City of Huntington Beach, and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), which is overseeing the remediation activities at Ascon. CDFW has been onsite to provide our team with guidance.
The current guidance from CDFW is:
- Active hazing of coyotes by onsite workers (workers are trained on this practice)
- Identify and remove outdoor food sources on the property, which is a longstanding practice at Ascon
- Inspect the fence line for evidence of coyotes burrowing into the Site and close those entrances when found
Per California state law and per guidance from CDFW, Ascon is prohibited from:
- Using poison to kill coyotes
- Trapping and relocating coyotes
- Collapsing or filling in coyote dens before the fall season
The Ascon Site is adjacent to habitat areas, such as the wetlands, flood control channels, parks, neighborhoods, undeveloped open land, and greenbelts where food sources may be available. Our coyote management actions can only be conducted on Ascon property.
The Ascon team will continue to perform the actions recommended by CDFW and will continue to consult, work with, and comply with any new directives from local and state agencies in the interest of ensuring the safety of the community and our workers.