Coyotes have reportedly been spotted in Indio

The Indio Police Department has been receiving some reports of coyotes being spotted in the city, so you might want to be on the lookout for them and be sure to stash your trash.

As the California Department of Fish and Wildlife explains, coyotes typically live comfortably alongside residential neighborhoods and help keep the rodent population under control. But, if they are given access to human food and garbage, their behavior can change, making them much more dangerous.

There are a slew of tips to deal with coyotes over here – with the biggies being not to fead them, stashing your trash and food, not leaving little ones unattended, and getting some motion-sensitive lighting and / or cameras to monitor your yard.