Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

Trail Bunnies, Marin County – Sylvilagus Bachmani, the Friendly California Brush Rabbits Just North of Frisco

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Two adults and one baby bunny, quite unworried about people approaching, West Marin:

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Presidio Update: Park Trail & Section of Ridge Trail Now CLOSED Due to COYOTE PUPPING SEASON

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

First up:

Dog owners report ‘aggressive’ behavior from coyote in Presidio

And then there’s this:

They want the Presidio Trust to remove the animals now before something worse happens. Debbie McMicking lives next to the Presidio and said, “I think it’s just a matter of time until one of them darts out and grabs a little kid.”

Oh geez. (Perhaps Yosemite should get rid of its bears next.)

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Anyway, here’s the word from our Presidio Trust this AM:

“Coyote Management Update – Immediate Closure of the Park Trail and Section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail

During pupping season, coyotes are especially protective of their pups, and the parents may exhibit aggressive behaviors when they encounter other canines. In response to reports of aggressive coyote behavior towards dogs in the Presidio, the Presidio Trust is taking additional precautions to protect people and pets. Effective immediately, the Park Trail between West Pacific and Crissy Field and the Bay Area Ridge Trail between Arguello and Rob Hill Campground will be temporarily closed to all dogs on or off-leash. We expect to reopen these trails to dogs in August/September after pupping season ends.

Please visit www.presidio.gov/coyote for a map of the closure area and guidance for what to do if you encounter a coyote in the Presidio.

If you have an encounter with a coyote anywhere in the Presidio that concerns you, please report it to the Presidio Trust coyote hotline at (415) 561-4148 or by email to coyote@presidiotrust.gov.

Thank you.”

Here’s your map, dog owners

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And here’s your Know Your Coyote ID Chart. Pretty bad-ass:

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They look like this, like small, timid, hungry dogs:

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Anyway, your dog doesn’t know how to follow the rules, but you do, right?

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Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

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Exotic Red Foxes Haven’t Been Seen in Frisco Since the Aughts – Where Did They Go?

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

At least not by me.

Most fox sightings around town turn out to be coyotes.

There are some grey foxes up in the Presidio, I believe, but the ones I’ve seen were red foxes, introduced to the bay area for hunting purposes.

For whatever reason, they’re not around anymore…

Golden Gate Park:

This critter here was killed crossing over Crossover Drive, I believe, back in the mid-aughts:

From about 60 yards away. She’ll see you before you see her:

 

Adieu renard: 

Is $11.50 is a GOOD PRICE for a USB Humping Dog?

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

As seen in J-Town:

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Works as advertised.

No, I think $3 is the most you should pay, for a USB humping dog.

And no, the USB IMPLEMENTATION FORUM  (USB IF) doesn’t /wouldn’t/wouldn’t have approve(d)

Child Support: Small Parent Bird Tricked into Raising a Huge Baby Cowbird – Brood Parasitism in Golden Gate Park

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Does that make sense? Mom is in the left there and her adopted fledgling is the big one on the right.

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Brood parasitism they call it.

Five Adorable Grey Fox Babies Under the Boardwalk of Muir Woods Natl. Mnmt. are Creating a Stir

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Just like last year.

One of the playful kits:

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And here’s the stir:

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Annual membership MWNP / MWNM is just $40 (which gets four in at any time for a whole year), but I shan’t renew as the feds are fed up with all the people here, so a privately-operated for-profit parking system is a-coming. (I wasn’t aware that it was so bad to park next to the creek.) Anywho, there are a lot of ways to get in an around Muir Woods without getting in a traffic jam, waiting for parking, or, far that matter, paying any fees at all.

Basically, the toll gate at the main entrance is only for inbound travelers and there are a lot of other entrances.

Anyway, they want fewer people/tourists milling about the main entrance / gift shop, and that’s what they’ll get. I’ll see you all as I exit through the gift shop.

Our Thoughtful RPD Provides a Bird Bath for Our Fine Feathered Friends – Or, This Fountain has been Broken for Years and Years

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Well, I guess it’s been broken.

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Can’t really turn it off, and it’s generally all plugged up, so it’s now a birdbath…

(And ask about our nearby rats they live about 20 feet away. And of course, that attracts birds of prey. Check it. But they’re far too big to take a bath in a bubbler.)

I’m Glad I Got My Giant Heron Nesting Photos Done BEFORE Camera Thieves Took Over Stow Lake

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Here’s the news:

SFPD INVESTIGATING RASH OF CAMERA ROBBERIES IN GOLDEN GATE PARK

Here’s my effort, from a few years back, when dese boids nested on a different island, taken with a 12-pound lens on a spindly tripod. Isn’t it beautiful?

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You’re welcome.

DPW Tries to Reach Frisco’s Many Many Pigeon Feeders: “PLEASE DON’T KILL US! YOU’RE KILLING US WITH KINDNESS.”

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

As seen at our Ferry Building:

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It’s good, but it’s no VELOCIRAPTOR ALERT

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Clevah girl, heh.