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Wile E Coyote

Plastic Decoy Coyotes Deterrent Testing

The Harbor Operations Division is testing a new sea lion deterrent, plastic decoy coyotes. You may spot the pack of eight coyotes scattered around the harbor on docks and swim steps that previously provided a sunny place for the sea lions to rest. 

The decoys are all plastic, except for a furry tail that blows in the wind, and have been successful in keeping the sea lions clear so far. We could not resist giving the coyotes names based on the Looney Toons cartoons. We have Wile E. Coyote, Bugs, Elmer, Sylvester, Yosemite, Taz, Marvin and Babs. 

We ask that harbor visitors not disturb the coyotes in order to maintain the effectiveness of their purpose. If you have questions or want more information, please contact the Harbor Operations Division by calling 949-270-8159 or send us an email

What Should You Do to Deter Sea Lions?

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Sea lions like to make themselves at home aboard vessels and docks in the harbor. However, there are rules in place that require boat and dock owners to install deterrent measures to prevent sea lions from getting aboard.

All mooring and dock owners must frequently check to make sure their deterrent measures are in place, are effectively preventing sea lions from boarding and are kept in order at all times.

Below is some information about sea lions and approved deterrent methods.

There are contractors for hire to assist you with sea lion abatement. A few contractors are listed below (the listing is not an endorsement by the City).

  • Seal Stop  949-607-7050 or visit
  • South Mooring  949645-0334 
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Please remember that sea lions are wild animals and may act aggressively toward humans. It is not recommended to approach them. It is a violation of the Newport Beach Municipal Code, Section 7.30.010 to feed any wildlife. 

If you have questions or observe a sea lion on board a dock or vessel, please call Harbor Operations at 949-270-8159 or the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol at 949-723-1002 and provide the location or mooring number. 



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