Coyote Advocates Urge San Francisco ‘Coexistence’ Plan

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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  • Damn it's hot in hell

    Just wait until one eats one of thier chldren.

    • wsm246

      I, Wily Coyote, state as follows:

      “Meeb, Meeb”

  • d

    quit wasting money and shoot the damn things before someone gets hurt. They don’t really have any natural predators so there numbers will eventually get out of control.

  • jack

    Aren’t San Franciscan coyotes vegan? Isn’t there an app for preventing coyote attacks? Can’t you just “friend” coyotes? Does any one in S.F. know how things really work?

  • Mike

    Yes, coyotes and be dangeous but don’t get tunnel vission focusing on just the coyote. The Cities and county need to step back and take a good look at the big picture and focus on what is really drawing them into the area. Example have feal cat colonies be established in the areas. Are there large feeding stations in the areas for the cats. Has the rodent, opossum and raccoon populations increase over time do the a growing food source that was not there before? As a wildlfe specialist of over 30+ in the Bay Area I have seen this first hand. The cities and counties need to do your home work investigate and correct the problems before you have bigger predtor ie. Mountain lions coming in the the area to feed on the smaller animals coming to the man made food sources that people are leaving out. That is now happening in cities and counties around the bay.This is just a portion of the big picture.

  • Lisa

    Please keep this is perspective. There is about one incident a year where a coyote bites a human in California (Fish and Game statistics) and the last fatality was in 1980. There are 4.5 MILLION dog bite each year nationwide and nearly 500,000 of those require medical care (CDC statistics). Lion deaths in California over the last 100 years is fewer than 20… Coyotes have acclimated for years in LA.. Come up with a plan, yes… but don’t make this out to be a major danger.

    • Gina Farr

      Lisa, you are so right. Coyotes aren’t a danger. San Francisco doesn’t have any problem with coyotes and wants to increase its chances of keeping it that way. Citizens learning to live comfortably with coyotes and not providing food attractants (that could habituate wildlife) are two components to a plan. That more people would become educated about coyotes, and be able to appreciate them from a distance rather than fearful are big pluses.

  • Gina farr

    Mike, your points are taken into account when developing a coexistence plan. The idea is to take a look at the big picture, the relationship between people and urban wildlife, and make decisions now.

    d & Damn: Your statements are two good reasons why we need a plan; science-based education is sorely needed.

    • nate

      I hope that no san franciscans have small cats or dogs then, they are one of coyotes favorite foods. Working in an agricultural area, it doesn’t take a person with any common sense to realize that you will not have any small outdoor pets left if coyotes are present. If they start goin in the city, what food will they be looking for? Meow. And whoever said that mountain lions are just as big a threat, maybe in mountain/hillside areas, but I don’t see them strollin down the streets of s.f. Mountain lions are extremely elusive predators that shy from humans. So no, you don’t have to worry about being bitten, just many san franciscans can say bye bye to their little designer dogs or outdoor cats. Does anyone realize that coyotes, in almost every state are varmints which can be killed everyday of the year, no limit, no season? That is for a reason. They are predators with no predators of their own….Every ‘yote I see…..well it doesn’t get seen again….alive

  • Mike

    I’am sorry if it ruffled your feathers over the dangers, Yes coyote attacks on humans are rare but not on domestic animals that are aloud to run at large or on the end of a leash in areas set aside for wildlife. These animals are teritorial when it comes to dogs or cats they recognize as compition over their food source and teritory. So education is the key besides correcting the attractant.

    • Gina Farr

      100% agree that eduction is key to successful and comfortable coexistence.

  • Towanda2u

    I think it is good that SF is doing their research and coming up with a plan. WHY does doing something *so simple* need to cost so much money? As someone above said, it is common sense: They’re predators without a natural predator. I’m an animal lover but I’m also a realist. Destroy them before it gets too far. *sigh*. Bleeding hearts…..

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