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CYPRESS (CBSLA.com) — Wildlife officials want to teach Orange County residents how to stay safe following a recent string of coyote sightings.

The Cypress Police Department is partnering with California State Department of Wildlife and Orange County Animal Care officials for “Living with Coyotes in an Urban Landscape”, a free one-hour class to provide residents with tips and techniques on how to deter coyotes from entering populated areas, and how to protect pets.

Coyote sightings in Orange County have been on the rise in recent years, including reports of aggressive coyotes scaring seniors at a Laguna Woods retirement community and attacks on Braille Institute guide dogs in Anaheim.

While coyotes have reportedly been spotted throughout the county, officials say contrary to popular belief, the animals do not require open space or “wild areas” to survive.

“In fact, most coyotes within the urban setting are the offspring of generations of coyotes who lived and flourished in the urban areas of Orange County,” according to a statement from the city of Cypress.

The next set of classes will be held on August 22.

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