Loyola Marymount University (LMU) researchers, in collaboration with the Culver City Police Department (CCPD) recently installed automated camera systems, also called “critter cams,” to monitor coyote and other wildlife behavior and movement patterns within the city.
By monitoring the movement and composition of coyote groups that have posed a threat to Culver City pets, LMU scientists will be better equipped to develop an effective Coyote Management Plan unique to Culver City.
The critter cams record all movement within their capture range of approximately 100 feet, producing full-color still photos during the day and monochrome (black and white) still photos at night. They will be placed on public land and solely used to monitor animal movement, capturing up to 1,000 images each week. Notably, the majority of images will be deleted as they capture content that is not relevant or of interest to the City’s effort.
If you encounter one of the small cameras affixed to a tree or light post, please do not disturb it so it can continue gathering data vital to the development of the Coyote Management Plan. If you find a vandalized camera, please contact LMU Researcher Dr. Melinda Weaver at 310-258-4384 or Melinda.Weaver@LMU.edu immediately so it can be replaced.
LMU, CCPD and the City thanks our community members for understanding the importance of this effort in keeping Culver City safe. We invite you to participate in the study by having a camera installed in your yard or similar vicinity. For more information, please visit Culver City’s Coyote Management Program website.