And then the rest:
Those little rascals!
Look at ‘em go!
This thing was just a blur shooting by in the dark – I wasn’t sure what it was.
I prefer my critters less squirrelly, like the nice raccoons you’ll find in this outstanding capture from Plomomedia’s Flickr Photostream.
Anyway, I’ve never before seen a raccoon running through the Panhandle…
Word comes from renowned San Francisco photographer David Cruz:
“A pair of wild coyote pups enjoy the sun on a midsummer’s day in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.”
Here’s the super big version.
(Will the State of California soon pay us a visit in order to blow these critters away? We’ll see.)
Look what Richmond District resident and photographer David Cruz spotted yesterday afternoon:
“Early this morning, I was walking through the forrest on the West end of Golden Gate Park when I saw 2 ears and 2 eyes watching me. I stood still and was able to take a few pictures.
Big ears like an Easter Bunny but it turned to be an Easter coyote
Via David Cruz – click to expand
I’ve never been this close to a coyote in San Francisco and I haven’t seen any lately…
It’s good to know that San Francisco’s urban coyotes can live in peace out there…
I’ll tell you, I was shocked when I found out that you could see dolphins while just walking about San Francisco.
Like this, from Lands End, from a while back:
Now I personally didn’t take any new shots this year, but here’s a roundup of the best shots from 2011 so far:
From Fort Winfield Scott, The Presidio – jump jump!
From Ft. Winfield Scott – jumping the other way
From the Golden Gate Bridge – see the shadow?
From the Golden Gate Bridge – bottlenoses
From the Golden Gate Bridge – at 200mm
From a boat – Pacific white-sided
From a boat – northern white whale dolphins
From a boat near the Farallones – Risso’s
Castro Street Fair – tattoo category (Uh, law school called – they want their diploma back)
That was 2011, now here’s yesteryear:
From Fort Funston. (Now, why did we name an entire fort after that Filipino Killing Cracker?) Anyway, here’s the view, sometimes:
As promised, baby dolphins, avec maman:
And here they are swimming south, off to sample the yummy seafood in the waters off San Mateo County:
Swimming past the PG&E Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge:
Via David Yu. Click to expand
And, this is cheating somewhat, a military dolphin near AT&T Park:
Keep a lookout for dolphins!
I’m not up to speed on what Fiona Ma is telling people today up in the Richmond District, but i do know that there aren’t as many coyotes now as there were back in the aughts, you know, years 2000-2009.
They were all over the place back then.
And then a man from the Dept. of Fish and Game came with a rifle and plumb blew away some of these critters.
Here’s one of the coyotes that was shot and killed a few years back in Golden Gate Park:
As long as we don’t feed them, things should work out. Don’t get too excited. These animals aren’t big like wolves, so mostly people just ignore them. Mostly.
I can’t imagine being afraid of a ten-pound wild dog, but some people are.
Or a red fox – I consider them five-pound wild dogs.
As seen in Strybing Arboretum, back before they started charging admission:
People you have nothing to fear…