By Emily Turner

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — A spate of coyote attacks has dog owners at odds with their wild neighbors in the Presidio of San Francisco.

These confrontations have prompted some extreme reactions.

Kathryn Lasater lives next to the Presidio and a coyote attacked her dog, Oscar, in the Presidio on Monday.

She said a pack of coyotes surrounded her and started moving in until she started screaming.

“They were aggressive and they weren’t afraid…that’s scary,” Lasater said.

She and Oscar are fine, but they are shaken up, as are many in the neighborhood who say the ever-present coyotes have gotten more aggressive in recent years.

They want the Presidio Trust to remove the animals now before something worse happens.

Debbie McMicking lives next to the Presidio and said, “I think it’s just a matter of time until one of them darts out and grabs a little kid.”

Right now it’s pupping season, and the animals are more aggressive when protecting their dens.

The Presidio Trust would not go on camera about the “recent activity,” as they put it, but say they are looking into it.

They posted signs weeks ago warning park visitors and closed trails that are near dens.

Jesse Block lives next to the Presidio and said the coyotes and humans need to learn to coexist.

“Why can’t we all just get along?” he asked.

But Lasater and McMicking say they don’t want to wait for something worse to happen.

Lasater said she believes the safety of dogs, children and residents should come first.

The Presidio Trust said they track all of the coyotes that live in the park and that their aggression is usually centered around dogs, They say the coyotes are just trying to protect their dens.

The Trust said the best thing to do is stay away from the coyote dens.

Comments (9)
  1. Maybe a group hug with the coyotes would have everyone get along like Jesse Block in the story suggests.

  2. jwinstonsf says:

    Stop using Flash if you want me to read your site!

  3. People and their dogs staying away from the coyote dens sounds like a reasonable solution. A lot of times defensiveness is seen as aggression. Animals are just protecting their dens and their young,usually. If you don’t want your dog to become dinner, then stay away from the coyotes, don’t let your dog off leash, and don’t leave your dog alone outside. Got cats? Give them long pipes to hide in, all over the place, and lots of ways to get to safety, and lots of safe places to go. You give them just one safe place, the coyotes are going to pick them off, one by one.

  4. Coyotes are dangerous carnivorous predators and must be removed; they have no business living in suburbia or downtown SF, they belong only in the remote wilderness. Owners of attacked animals need to get a lawyer and sue the City for failing to protect public safety. By ignoring the threat of these vermin, these rattlesnakes with legs, City of SF are endangering public safety and putting dogs, cats and children into harm’s way. This poor owner who was chased needs to made whole, it that is even possible.

    I am a veterinarian that has treated many animal attacks. How can any decent human being think that it ok for coyotes to mutilate dogs, cats or children? What about their heartbroken owners? Which comes first? Children and pets or carnivorous predators?

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