SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A recent increase in the number of coyote sightings in part of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park has prompted authorities to close certain trails, animal control officials said.

Some trails have been closed in the area of John F. Kennedy Drive between Middle Lake and North Lake, near the bison paddock, Animal Care and Control Lt. Le-Ellis Brown said Wednesday.

Brown said animal control officials recommended that the city’s Recreation and Park Department shut down the trails after receiving reports of coyotes following people walking dogs, and approaching off-leash dogs.

Officials believe a mated pair of coyotes is protecting their den and newborn pups somewhere in the area.

Brown said the trails are expected to remain closed until the end of pupping season in early August, but could reopen earlier.

In the meantime, Brown said, “we’re encouraging the public to keep their dogs on leash, and asking people to stay out of the area if they can.”

Animal Care and Control officials are reminding the public that it is illegal to feed coyotes or to harass them. Anyone with an animal emergency is asked to call the agency at (415) 554-9400.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


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