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Coyote pupping season begins, be wary in McLaren Park


Janet Kessler, aka the Coyote Lady, has been in touch to ask us to inform our readers about the coyote pupping season which has just begun. She shares the information below and for those of us that spend any time in McLaren Park, please take the time to watch the video and respect the coyotes if you see them.

Coyotes will soon be taking their youngsters — which they have kept hidden and secret until now — on wider and wider treks away from their dens, usually when it’s dark and when we humans aren’t around. However, it is not unusual to see coyotes out during the day — they are not nocturnal animals. There is more potential for dog/coyote encounters and confrontations during pupping season. We can be prepared for and prevent these encounters by knowing about and understanding coyote behavior and by following simple guidelines.

San Francisco has several dozen coyotes living in most of the parks, mostly in nuclear families. Because most folks in San Francisco have dogs or cats, and because it is pupping season, it is a good time to brush up on coyote behavior and the guidelines necessary for peacefully coexisting. Mainly this involves keeping your pets away from coyotes and knowing how to shoo one away which has come too close.

The above video “Coyotes As Neighbors” is an excellent all-in-one YouTube video presentation which explains relevant coyote behavior — including their intense family lives and territoriality towards other canines, be they dogs or other coyotes — and guidelines for keeping us all — humans, pets AND coyotes — safe and worry-free. The video includes a demo on how to effectively shoo off a coyote who has come too close. [Spanish version can be found here: http://youtu.be/FjVGKwLiYG4.  Mandarin version can be found here: http://youtu.be/aFWyegSrNHw].

For an additional brief written summary on coyote behavior and how to get along with them, visit Bay Nature’s “How to Get Along With Coyotes As Pups Venture Out”, https://baynature.org/articles/how-to-get-along-with-coyotes-as-pups-venture-out/

Please help get the word out by sharing this information with others. Together we can make San Francisco one of the most coyote-savvy urban areas in the US. All it takes is a little bit of knowledge, but that knowledge is crucial.

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