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Fake Coyotes Are Used To Keep Beach Free of Sea Gulls

    Orange County officials are trying new tricks to prevent sea gulls from polluting a pond at Poche Beach.

    Park rangers are placing fake coyotes on the beach, located between Dana Point and San Clemente. These coyote statues face the ocean, appear to be on the prowl and ready to pounce on any sea gull that drinks from the freshwater pond.

    Officials want to keep sea gulls away from Poche Beach. This beach has been listed by the watchdog group, “Heal the Bay,” as one of California’s Top 10 Beach Bummers in an annual statewide beach report card.

    The city of San Clemente commissioned a study of Poche’s polluted pond and found that sea gull droppings were the problem. High bacteria counts have plagued the beach, despite a $3 million ultraviolet system the county built to clean urban runoff as it nears the ocean.

    In the spring of 2013, the county had some success by repelling the seal gulls with high-pitched ultrasound on the beach. However, the gulls returned in the summer.

    A falconer was hired in August to try and scare the gulls away with trained hawks and falcons. The gulls disappeared and Poche Beach hasn’t had a bacteria warning since August 25th. The falconer’s services ended on September 30th and the gulls returned.

    Officials are now turning to the fake coyotes and plan on trying them out for a month. Meanwhile, the county will have the falconer perform his services at the Prima Deshecha Landfill, located three miles inland from Poche Beach. The sea gulls have historically flocked to this landfill to feast on trash.

    Will this new approach be a success? Only time will tell. At least we know that the falconer had good success when he had his hawks and falcons flying around the beach.