Coyote, Bear and Lion Activity Sparks Desire to Increase Capacity of Wildlife Trappers


Supervisor also cites bee monitoring if required

FAIRFIELD – Coyotes are taking more livestock and the Solano County Agriculture Department is receiving increasing reports of increased bear and lion activity in the county.

“I don’t have definitive numbers,” Agriculture Commissioner Ed King said in a telephone interview on Thursday.

“But overall (increased coyote predation) is true,” King said.

The loss of calves and lambs prompted Supervisor Mitch Mashburn to renew his call last week for increased trapping capacity in the county. Currently, the county — through a contract with the US Department of Agriculture — is paying for a wildlife specialist.

This contract expires on June 30, 2023, the last year of a five-year contract. The county pays $95,000 a year for the service.

“We’ll have to look at different options and see how we can go about it,” King said.

Mashburn’s comments came during an oversight board budget hearing when he also called for increased code enforcement due to the storage of bee hives in residential areas.

“It’s dangerous,” Mashburn said, noting the risks created by swarming bees.

King said there have been issues, and those issues have increased as more acres of almond trees come into production.

Thousands of beekeepers from all over the country come to California for the almond blossoms, and usually, King said, it’s the foreigners whose hives have been the problem.

“Sometimes we come across beekeepers who. . . move hives to areas that are not suitable for large numbers of hives,” King said. “Overall, local beekeepers are responsible and follow the rules, and have established contracts with producers.

King said the first step would be to better educate beekeepers about the situation. Most, of course, take their hives with them at the end of the pollination season, but some remain.

One of the problems is that there are fewer and fewer places where hives can be stored.


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