I’ll vouch for the coyote part of this photo showing the poor critter wandering the early morning Streets of San Francisco, but I won’t vouch for the sign being there IRL.
In either event, this is How We Live Now in urban Frisco, where urban Laguna Honda is Coyote Country:
Now let’s think back a few years, when writer CW Nevius fretted over “dangerous” urban coyotes – this was just a couple years after he moved here from where, Walnut Creek? Concord? One of those. Anyway, since then, how many people have been killed / seriously injured by fighting dogs? A few, at least. But coyotes? None. Perhaps Chuck was fretting over the wrong thing, trying to get the facts to fit his column’s format, IDK.
Hey, should some dog owners should change behavior instead of going crying to Mr. East Bay Everyman?
Just another manic-depressive Monday, on 7th street, just north of Market.
Look at me, look at my horse head:
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One-sixth of a second later:
One-sixth of a second later:
The former Mayor’s solution to this problem was to hire a campaign worker to start a campaign about Something-Connect. Then the former Mayor had sex with the campaign worker’s wife. Things didn’t work out.
“Animal Care & Control Concerned About Coyote Interactions
San Francisco – San Franciscans do not seem to be getting the message about how to coexist peacefully with local wildlife.
San Francisco Animal Care & Control has been notified about individuals who still allow their dogs illegally off -leash in active coyote areas despite education, posters, flyers, signs and barriers all warning dog owners to abide by the law and keep their dogs on-leash or, better yet, avoid the marked areas entirely. These irresponsible individuals are putting themselves, their dogs, and the coyotes and their pups at great risk (see video link below). Accordingly, after seeking expert advice and in collaboration with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, San Francisco Animal Care & Control suggested closure of locations in Golden Gate Park where coyotes appear to be anxiously protecting dens.
San Franciscans share natural places with a variety of wildlife, including coyotes. Temporary park closures are for the comfort and safety of people, pets and wildlife during breeding season. Birthing and pup rearing has the local coyotes feeling hormonally more protective which may result in more assertive behavior (as in the video). Our goals are to give coyote families temporary relief from stress (dogs) while ensuring public safety. Preventing confrontations such as this is the best policy.
San Francisco Animal Care & Control receives many inquiries about options for removing the coyotes. Relocation is illegal under CA State law. It is also inhumane. Lethal removal is ineffective and unethical since another coyote will simply take its place, often within weeks. San Francisco Animal Care & Control and coyote experts feel that the local coyotes are here to stay and their hope is that the community learns to peacefully coexist with them.
San Francisco Animal Care & Control encourages the community to be responsible pet guardians; leash dogs where required and respect temporary park closures. Wildlife in San Francisco needs a little breathing room while its young are present. Urban wildlife is part of the health of San Francisco’s parks – part of the heritage and history of our area – and coexistence is possible with a little give-and-take.Link to film of dogs harassing coyotes in San Francisco:
The Department of Animal Care & Control is a taxpayer-funded, open door animal shelter. ACC provides housing, care and medical treatment to wild, exotic and domestic stray, lost, abandoned sick, injured and/or surrendered animals. ACC aims to rehome or reunite domestic animals with their guardians and to rehabilitate and release wildlife to their native habitat. ACC responds to animal related emergencies 24/7 including animal abuse and neglect as well as matters of public safety. Animal Care & Control is located at 1200 15th St. (at Harrison.)
Deb Campbell Volunteer / Outreach Coordinator
Animal Care & Control 1200 15th Street San Francisco, CA. 94103