Posts Tagged ‘dogs’
San Francisco Named Balboa Street to Honor a Man Famous for Killing LGBTs in Central America – Why Not Change It?Thursday, June 20th, 2013
Balboa Park, Balboa 31X, Balboa Street – there are lots of examples.
Now let’s check and see what Vasco Núñez de Balboa did to be so honored.
Oh, here it is:
Balboa setting his dogs upon Indian practitioners of male love (1594) The Spanish invader Vasco Núñez de Balboa (1475-1519) shown in Central America with his troops, presiding over the execution of Indians, whom he ordered eaten alive by the war dogs for having practiced male love. New York Public Library, Rare Book Room, De Bry Collection, New York.
Oh and we honor Funston too?
Look at This Scene in Golden Gate Park: Coyotes and People Getting Along – Maybe Dogs and Owners are the Problem?Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
You know who has a lot of shots of coyotes in Golden Gate Park? Nature photographer Dina Boyer does.
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And check out the rest of her set as well – she has a lot of great shots in there.
I’ll tell you, since the return of coyotes in numbers in GGP, there have been numerous dog incidents but no coyote incidents.
The Elusive Coyotes of Golden Gate Park – “Catch Me if You Can” – Another Great Shot from Nature’s LanternMonday, March 11th, 2013
Another great shot from Nature’s Lantern:
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Just think, this critter might have been a mere pup last year…
Attention Dog Owners: Golden Gate Park is, Once Again, Coyote Country, So Leash Your Critters AccordinglyMonday, 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…
This was the scene last night at the famous Micky D’s at the end of Haight Street at Stanyan near famous Hippy Hill.
I passed by two pit-bull-looking dogs outside at the rear entrance, two pit-bull-looking dogs inside the store with owners on the way to the bathroom, two pit-bull-looking dogs with owners in line to buy food,* and two pit-bull-looking dogs as I exited out the front steps.**
Now, some of them might have been less than a year old, mere pups I suppose, and some of them might have been presa canarios or whathaveyou, but goddam, I didn’t expect to encounter eight fighting dogs*** in one minute at one McDonalds.
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I’m not particularly afraid of dogs at all and I’ve never been bitten, but that was my reaction.
And here’s an update – the Dollar Menu is still there but it’s not as prominent as before, as if they don’t want you to see it, it seems.
See you in about a year or so, Haight Street McDonalds.
*At this point, I was looking for an exit strategy, like if they all went Hera and Bane on me, I’d have hopped on one of the counters, that kind of thing.
** Sans food. I was going to get a large order of fries and two side salads for $4-something for a special lady friend but the line was kind of long and there was some kind of kerfuffle going on so I said the Hell with this and left for the WF right across the street.
***The most I’ve seen in one place at one time.
Photographer David Cruz Once Again Encounters the Coyotes of Golden Gate Park, Near the Newly-Reopened BathroomsTuesday, September 4th, 2012
How big is a Golden Gate Park coyote? About the size of a large house cat.
And hey, has anybody ever been injured by a coyote in San Francisco during the entire history of the universe? No.
OTOH, have off-leash dogs attacked peace officers and police horses in the 415? Oh yeah, I could tell you stories.
So, what’s the big deal about having wild coyotes in the GGP?
Coyote on JFK Jr. Drive, August 31, 2012 - via David Cruz:
OMG, OMG, Here are the Totally Adorable Coyote Pups of Golden Gate Park for 2012! They’re Teenagers NowMonday, July 2nd, 2012
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.)
The Horrible Dog Owners of San Francisco: So This is What an Off-Leash Dog vs. Wild Coyote Incident Looks LikeWednesday, May 16th, 2012
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:
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.)
Volunteer / Outreach Coordinator
Animal Care & Control
1200 15th Street
San Francisco, CA. 94103