NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) — An Orange County city is turning to an unlikely – and inanimate – ally to help ward off sea lions.
Plastic coyotes have been mounted along the harbor in Newport Beach by officials in an effort to stem what they say is a growing problem of sea lions causing damage by climbing onto boats and decks.READ MORE: Kat Von D Closing West Hollywood Tattoo Shop, Moving To Indiana
The fake animals are realistically detailed, sport bared, growling fangs and are poised as if ready to pounce on their prey.READ MORE: Los Angeles Receives $224 Million Loan From EPA For Water Recycling Project
Officials have reportedly spent roughly $200 on the statues and placed them at strategic points along the docks at Newport Harbor.MORE NEWS: LADWP Extends Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs
The effort carries with it a twinge of irony: Newport along with several neighboring O.C. cities have been dealing with ongoing coyote activity in the area and have even gone so far as to allow residents in Huntington Beach to trap or kill the animals.