Authorities are asking the community to take precaution after a recent coyote attack.

A resident in Old Torrance, north of Sepulveda Boulevard and east of Crenshaw Boulevard reported to Torrance Animal Control that their pet was attacked in their back yard by a coyote. Other residents have also reported numerous coyote sightings in residential areas including Southeast Torrance and the area near Lago Seco Park.

According to the California Department of Fish and Game, coyotes play an important role in the ecosystem. Throughout the state, there are between 250,000 and 750,000 coyotes. By nature, coyotes are fearful of humans and can become more aggressive if they are given access to human food and garbage.

To avoid problems with coyotes, authorities encourage people to never feed them; don’t leave pets or small children unattended; install motion-sensing lighting around the house; and trim ground shrubbery so the predatory animals can’t hide easily. They also recommend that people always bring pets inside at night and remove all sources of pet food and water from outside areas.

Authorities say coyote sightings will increase over the next few months as they start to produce litters.

If you have any questions, contact the Torrance Police Department at (310) 618-5641.