Posts Tagged ‘Deb Campbell’

Coyote Warnings are Out Again in Golden Gate Park – At the Conservatory and Academy – But Don’t Say, “Clever Girl!”

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

I’m not sure when CW Nevius SF Coyote Hysteria hit its peak – I think it was a year or two after he moved to town, so it must have been a year or two ago. Here’s a sample, where the SF newcomer uses the term “we” as if he were a long-timer:

Simple-Minded San Francisco Chronicle Writer CW Nevius Considers Urban Coyotes Dangerous and Pit Bulls Harmless

So how many people have been nipped at by San Francisco coyotes since the Era of Alarmism? How about zero? Compare that with the number of people hospitalized from dog attacks over the same period.  Mmmm…

Anyway, there are more signs than usual on the East Si-iiide of the park these days:

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And here’s some mockery of these now-famous coyote signs, from back in the day

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Nevius Nightmare! – MORE Coyotes in Golden Gate Park – Meet One of the Adorable New Pups of 2013

Monday, June 17th, 2013

OMG, they’re breeding again. It’s just like Jurassic Park.

All the deets:

David Cruz is a San Francisco wildlife film maker and founder of Natures Lantern. He is currently working on a SF Bay Area Black Bear documentary and a local awareness media campaign for Bay Area Mountain Lion street crossing safety.

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Cruz has followed this group of coyotes for 3 years. This is the second year he provides breaking unique news photographs that prove these coyotes have reproduced in San Francisco, Golden Gate Park. Historic photographs and  background of pups and park coyotes of past years also available.

Taken today Friday June 14,

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I’ll tell you, San Francisco Chronicle writer CW Nevius has been fretting about these critters for a while now. And yet it’s always dogs that be biting and killing people, not no coyotes.

Attention Dog Owners: Golden Gate Park is, Once Again, Coyote Country, So Leash Your Critters Accordingly

Monday, January 14th, 2013

You see this? This is JFK Jr. Drive in Golden Gate Park from over the weekend:

Another great nature shot from famous San Francisco photographer David Cruz. As always, He’s Everywhere You Want To Be

So this is a good time to review the rules:

“Can my dog walk around the park with me beyond the designated off-leash areas?

Yes, your four-legged friend may accompany you throughout the park if you both obey the leash laws of California.”

Otherwise, you’ll become another derided dog owner, like this one:

Remember, as soon as you use the term “voice control” you lose…

Photo: The Harmless 2012 Coyote Pups of Golden Gate Park Defy Expectations of CW Nevius, Scoflaw Dog Owners

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Are the wild coyotes of Golden Gate Park “dangerous?”

No, not at all.

Another great shot by David Cruz – he’s Everywhere You Want To Be: 

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So why do people say that coyotes are dangerous?

I don’t know.

Pit bull dogs and their negligent owners are dangerous tho, right?

The Horrible Dog Owners of San Francisco: So This is What an Off-Leash Dog vs. Wild Coyote Incident Looks Like

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Via SFist comes news of a short video of a dog-coyote interaction in Golden Gate Park. (This is news to me, anyway. Thanks, Norimitsu Onishi of the New York Times.)

Here’s your problem, it’s yet another off-leash dog in Glen Park:

Now, how would this affair end up getting described by a bad dog owner to, I don’t know, a simple-minded reporter the likes of CW Nevius?

Coyotes aren’t dangerous, dogs are dangerous.

“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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9vmpgzF8sU&list=UUtZ-dJ3bfs61GpS-9p9rpJQ&index=1&feature=p1cp

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

Phone:415.554.9427
Fax: 415.557.9950
E.Mail: deb.campbell@sfgov.org

www.animalshelter.sfgov.org”

Simple-Minded San Francisco Chronicle Writer CW Nevius Considers Urban Coyotes Dangerous and Pit Bulls Harmless

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

LEAVE US BEGIN:

“Long ago we passed the point when anyone is surprised to see coyotes in San Francisco parks.”

UH, REALLY? PEOPLE MOVE HERE EVERY YEAR, RIGHT NEVIUS? PEOPLE LIKE YOU, ACTUALLY – WHEN DID YOU MOVE HERE, LIKE A YEAR OR TWO AGO? SO WHO’S “WE,” KEMO SABE? AND, UH ACTUALLY, MANY PEOPLE WERE SURPRISED TO HEAR ABOUT THE RECENT COYOTE SIGHTINGS IN GOLDEN GATE PARK.

They’ve been here at least since 2007

WOW, THAT’S A LOT LONGER THAN A CERTAIN SIMPLE-MINDED, MAUDLIN, EX-JOCK REPUBLICAN RADIO GUY -SLASH NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST, RIGHT NEVIUS? ACTUALLY, THE COYOTES HAVE BEEN AROUND A LOT LONGER THAN THAT. A LOT.

when the city was in an uproar

THE CITY WAS NOT IN AN UPROAR

over aggressive coyotes

WHAT’S THAT YOU SAY, AGGRESSIVE DOGS SUCH AS PIT BULLS AND PRESA CARNARIOS? OH, BUT YOU’RE ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT 20-POUND COYOTES WHAT HAVE NEVER HURT ANYBODY? REALLY?

in Golden Gate Park, resulting in city officials shooting and killing two of them.

OFFICIALS? LIKE WHO WAS IT, ROSS MIRKARIMI AND BEVAN DUFTY WITH A SNIPER RIFLE, YOU KNOW, ROSS AT THE TRIGGER AND BEVAN WITH THE FIELD GLASSES ACTING AS THE SPOTTER?  OH, I SEE, NEVIUS, YOU’RE JUST GUESSING AT HISTORY,  AT WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE YOU BLEW INTO TOWN. ACTUALLY, IT WAS JUST ONE PERSON WHO SHOT THOSE ANIMALS AND HE ISN’T AND WASN’T ANY KIND OF CITY EMPLOYEE

Now we are more inclined to treat them like tourists – avoid the places they hang out and don’t make eye contact.

REALLY? THE WAY SAN FRANCISCANS HAVE DEALT WITH COYOTES ALL OF A SUDDEN CHANGED DRAMATICALLY IN 2007? I MEAN THAT WOULD FIT IN WITH YOUR NARRATIVE BUT IT’S SIMPLY NOT TRUE.

But every year or so, there’s a reminder that these animals are not only wild, but also dangerous.

WHAT’S THAT YOU SAY AGAIN, AGGRESSIVE DOGS SUCH AS PIT BULLS AND PRESA CARNARIOS? OH, BUT YOU’RE ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT 20-POUND COYOTES WHAT HAVE NEVER HURT ANYBODY? REALLY?

Take Haley Bratton, who has been walking her two pit bulls in Golden Gate Park for eight years.

FINALLY, THE HEROINE ARRIVES. HURRAY! WHAT DO YOU CALL YOUR FIGHTING DOGS, ARE THEY BANE AND HERA? OR MAYBE BOO-BOO AND SNOOKUMS? REGARDLESS, TEACH US, OH TEACH US, GLORIOUS DOG OWNER!

She regularly sees coyotes by the bison enclosure. But Thursday she says a coyote charged to within 3 feet of her, growling and baring his teeth.

“HIS” TEETH, HUH? I’D PROBABLY GO WITH ITS TEETH, BUT WHATEVER.

“These are two big dogs, 80 and 65 pounds, and they were scared to death,” Bratton says.

THE DOGS WERE “SCARED TO DEATH,” BUT THEY DIDN’T DIE? HURRAY!

“Every step we took backward, he took two forward.”

UH, BECAUSE THE LITTLE COYOTE WANTED YOU TO LEAVE. SO DID YOU LEAVE, LADY?

The encounter lasted a good 15 minutes.

SO, YOU DIDN’T LEAVE. YOU HUNG OUT FOR A QUARTER-HOUR. OK FINE.

A woman on a bicycle joined the fray,

“FRAY?” WHAT FRAY? OF COURSE, A FRAY IS A “scuffle; a brawl. See Synonyms at brawl.” DO YOU KNOW WHAT A FRAY IS, NEVIUS?

but the coyote didn’t slink off until a Recreation and Park truck drove up.

HURRAY! NOW THAT’S SOME STORY TELLING, NEVIUS.

Deb Campbell, spokeswoman for Animal Care and Control, says, “It’s the pup season,” and the coyotes are probably just trying to defend their den.

THE VOICE OF REASON, OF KNOWLEDGE INTRUDES CW NEVIUSESE’S WORLD. HOW WILL HE DEAL WITH IT?

But this seems more dangerous then that.

WITH FEELINGS AND MINDLESS EMOTION, THAT’S HOW.

“I was there the next day, and there were all these little kids running around and little old ladies with little dogs,” Bratton said. “I’d just hate for something to happen.”

OH, SO THIS IS A CAUTIONARY TALE LIKE JAWS OR JURASSIC PARK. AND THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS THAT COYOTES ARE DANGEROUS AND PIT BULLS AREN’T.

GOD DAMN, NEVIUS. YOU ARE THE STUPIDEST MOTHERFUCKER WORKING FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE TODAY.

YOU ARE A MOTHERFUCKING FALLACY MACHINE, PUMPING THEM OUT, DAY AFTER DAY, WEEK AFTER WEEK.

Ooh, one of the tiny, harmless coyotes recently spotted in Golden Gate Park. Let’s fuck with it for a quarter-hour and then call up The Nevius to get our names in the Paper of Record – doesn’t that sound like fun, Snookums? 

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Nicholas Faibish

12-years old | San Francisco, CA

Nicholas Faibish, 12-years old, was left alone with the family’s two pit bulls. When his mother returned, she found her son covered in bite wounds, his face badly mauled and a hole in his scalp. Paramedics tried and failed to resuscitate the boy at the scene. Police officers said the boy put up “a hell of a fight.” The pit bulls had been with the family for about a year and a half. The boy’s parents had been trying to breed them. At the time of the attack, the female pit bull was reportedly “in heat.” Nicholas had been left alone in the basement that day. For unknown reasons, he left the basement and interacted with the dogs upstairs.

The next year, Maureen Faibish went on trial for felony child endangerment in the death of her son. On the day of the attack, Faibish took her daughter to a school picnic and left her son alone in the basement with a plugged toilet. She instructed the boy not to leave the room. Earlier in the day, the male pit bull, Rex, had bitten the boy twice. Prosecution argued that Faibish recklessly ignored signs that Rex would attack her son if left alone. The jury deliberated for two days and failed to reach a verdict. On July 31, 2006 a mistrial was declared. Four months earlier, the City of San Francisco began enforcing a mandatory pit bull sterilization law. [ source citations]