Coyotes are a vital part of LA’s ecosystem, and our landscape and communities benefit from the coyote’s many ecosystem services. Coyotes control the populations of animals that may otherwise become pests, such as rodents and rabbits. By keeping smaller predator populations in check, they also help maintain healthy populations of songbirds, which in turn can help reduce mosquito numbers. At the same time, coyotes can be vilified for their potential to predate on our pets. This can lead to unwarranted fear and the spread of misinformation throughout communities or on social media. Link here to CLAW’s answers to some frequently asked questions about coyotes.