I think it has to do with the lighting, or something.
And then the summer one starts on June 1, 2015, and so on…
Of course back in ’49, you know, 1849, some people were still calling Kearny Street La Calle de la Fundacion – it was the start of the grid system of streets we know today.
Anyway, not much has changed since the founding of the SFPD 166 years ago – a time-traveling gold miner from back then would have no problem understanding this aspect of The Future:
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Get your 2015 coyote update from Hoodline.
Coyotes are small, brownish, wild dogs, basically. They run with their non-bushy tails held down.
Thusly, as seen on JFK Drive near the Bison Paddock, shortly before Fish and Game plumb blew this critter away, with a rifle:
Lots of people don’t notice them, cause they hide most of the time. And sometimes, off-leash dog people flush them out, with bad results…
But coyotes is harmless, despite what any SF Chronicle columnist from Walnut Creek might imply.
Years ago, I invited people to send in their photos of foxes and people only sent in photos of coyotes ID’ed as foxes, oh well. Moving on … to real foxes.
I’ll tell you, the Presidio has gray foxes, I understand, but I’ve never seen a gray fox.
Gray foxes belong in the bay area as a native species. OTOH, red foxes are exotics brought here for hunting.
The foxes seen over the years in GGP are all red, and they’re smaller than coyotes, and they run with their bushy tales held higher. Thusly:
As seen in GGP’s Strybing Arboretum, back before they changed their name and started charging admission:
This critter here was killed crossing over Crossover Drive, I believe, back in the aughts:
From about 175 feet away from the Primitive Garden in GGP. She’ll see you before you see her:
I haven’t seen the red foxes of GGP for a good long time. They took a hit when Rec and Park put out poison to kill vermin, like rats and mice.
Maybe I’ll never see a fox in Golden Gate Park ever again.
But coyotes, we’ve got tons of those. Just keep your pup on a leash and away from the coyotes and everything should be fine.
(Or simply tell the coyotes to “get the fuck out of here” – your choice.)
Can you even see Golden Gate Park’s “world-class” Alvord Lake on a map? I suppose, but it’s smaller than most ponds IRL.
Anyway, here it is, complete with a giant Great Egret looking for food right across the street from people looking for food at the Whole Foods Stanyan:
Or if you don’t want to call it an egret, you can play it safe, as writer CW Nevius might, by guessing “heron,” ’cause that’s close enough. (Hey, is he making a joke about the tower crane in the reflection? I can’t tell. Prolly not, but I can’t tell. It is a heron, a great blue heron, a giant bird that just loves SF. A GBH will get a little irritated if you walk right up to it when it’s hunting, but usually not so much that it would fly away)
Anyway, all dese kinds of boids are in the heron family, and lots of them hang out in GGP, occasionally
Black Crowned Night Heron:
And most of the time all they do is stand around and hang out, ’cause herons is herons, mostly – they’re all pretty much the same…
Corona Heights dogs be OOC, out-of-control, and I’m not even talking about all the poop being left around by thoughtless owners / guardians.
The owner of this pooch is probably oblivious, oh well. But I’ll tell you, at least one person in this photo was temporarily horrified by the poodle. Man, she looked pissed. And for good reason.
If this is the way Corona Heights Park is operating, then something is wrong with Corona Heights Park.
Or, in other words:
“The dog people own this park; it’s not for kids or anyone else who doesn’t enjoy seeing leash laws broken, dog piss everywhere, and taking the chance that one might bite your kid.”