Coyote Advocates Urge San Francisco ‘Coexistence’ Plan

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco’s Animal Control and Welfare Commission could recommend on Thursday that the Board of Supervisors adopt of a coyote coexistence plan.

The chair of San Francisco’s Animal Commission, Sally Stephens, said that a lot of people just don’t know what to do if they see a coyote.

“Instead of waiting for a negative incident to happen and then have everybody talking about what we should have been doing, we should think about it now,” said Stephens.

In explaining why a coexistence plan is needed, Gina Farr with the Marin based Project Coyote, recalled a 2007 incident in Golden Gate Park in which officials shot and killed 2 coyotes attacking pets near their den of pups.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

“San Francisco is trying to avoid that sort of outcome, and make sure that if there are any issues that happen in the community, that they’re coordinated,” said Farr.

The plan would include educational outreach and the posting of coyote sightings online. Stephens said that she hopes a coalition of neighborhood groups and non-profits could be organized to provide funding. Board of Supervisors approval would be required.

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