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Coyote Awareness

Coyote sightings have recently become more frequent, as "Urban Coyotes" live and thrive throughout Orange County. While Rancho Santa Margaita is in close proximity to large open space and rural areas, providing an ideal environment for coyotes to inhabit, many of the coyotes seen in our residential neighborhoods are the offspring of generations of coyotes who have adapted to city living.

Though these animals are far from domesticated, they are very comfortable living in close proximity to human beings. They have little fear of people and are frequently seen within a few feet of joggers and walkers. Coyotes are most active at night and during the early morning and late evening hours. However, young coyotes tend to be more active during daylight hours than adults.

While not normally a danger to human beings, coyotes will display defensive behaviors if threatened or cornered. Coyotes in California typically breed during the months of January through April, and can be very aggressive when their young are threatened. Domestic dogs are especially vulnerable to an attack during this time. 

A dog or cat left in a backyard can be snatched in a matter of moments. It is not unusual for a coyote to “stalk” a residence for several days observing the routine of their prey before attacking. 

Even a fully fenced yard will not keep out a hungry, athletic coyote. These animals are extremely agile and can easily scale any residential fence. All children should be taught from a very early age to avoid strange animals, whether domestic or non-domestic. When older children are walking through trails or parks, they should be instructed on coyote safety.

Click here for more information to protect your family and your property from coyotes.


Bright Lights, Safe City! Report Malfunctioning or Damaged Streetlights




Streetlights provide greater visibility and safety for motorists, pedestrians and law enforcement officials and are an essential component of ensuring public safety, especially as we move in to the winter months of early sunset and limited visibility in the late afternoon and evening hours.

Southern California Edison (SCE) owns and maintains most of the street lights in Rancho Santa Margarita. Any requests for repairs and/or maintenance of street lighting (such as an outage) should be directed to SCE to expedite the repair. The link below will direct you to SCE's online request form and will also allow you to track the status of your request. You may also contact SCE directly at 800.611.1911.

Click here to submit an online SCE Street Light Outage form. For additional questions, feel free to contact the Public Works Department at 949.635.1800.



Citywide Street Sweeping

Help Keep Our Streets Clean
One of the many services provided in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita is residential street sweeping. Major streets (arterials) are swept on a weekly basis. The residential streets are swept every two weeks. Your street sweeping day can be verified by clicking here.

Street sweeping is most effective when the street is free of any parked vehicles. The goal of our street sweeping program is to enhance the quality of life for our residents and prevent trash and debris from entering storm drains and streams. Working together, we can ensure a clean and environmentally responsible city.  If you have any questions please call the Public Works Department at 949-635-1800.


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