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Coexisting with coyotes


Photo by Janet Kessler, taken in 2013.

By Janet Kessler
San Francisco has several dozen coyotes living in the city, mostly in nuclear families. They’re in all of our major parks. Because most folks in San Francisco have dogs or cats, and because there are pups in some of the parks — pups would be about 4 months old now — it is a good time to brush up on coyote behavior and the guidelines necessary for peacefully coexisting. The information applies in any park where there are coyotes, whether or not there are pups.

Note that Glen Canyon Park has a family of three coyotes right now, as it has for the past several years — the number has not changed, though some of the individuals have.

Coyotes are out most often when it’s dark and when we humans aren’t around. However, most folks now realize that it’s not uncommon to see coyotes out during the day — they are not nocturnal animals. So there is always some potential for dog/coyote encounters and even confrontations, and more so where protective coyote parents are involved. We can be prepared for and prevent these encounters by knowing about coyote behavior and by following simple guidelines. Guidelines generally involve staying vigilant, keeping your pets away from coyotes and knowing how to shoo one away which comes too close.

Coyotes As Neighbors”:  is an 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 — plus guidelines for keeping us all, humans, pets AND coyotes, safe and worry-free. The video includes two demos on how to effectively shoo off a coyote who has come too close. [Spanish version can be found here. Mandarin version can be found here.

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”,

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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A fairy lair in Glen Canyon Park

Local photographer Anthony Powell found this fairy lair along the trail to Silver Tree in Glen Canyon Park. It’s up on the hill in the end of a fallen stump.

There are two similar fairy doors in Golden Gate Park. There’s some speculation that a fairy clan has moved to San Francisco and that different families are setting up homes in our various parks.

The Glen Park News would be happy to hear from those who have word of our new neighbors.

A fairy lair spotted in Glen Canyon. Photo by Anthony Powell.

A fairy lair spotted in Glen Canyon. Photo by Anthony Powell

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Support gathering for Paul at Buddies Market on Saturday

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A note from Eric at Bird & Beckett…

Bring letters for Paul’s landlord!

And bring flowers or cookies or some such for Paul & Jennie Park!

This Saturday (8/15) from 10 a.m. to noon, come by Buddies Market at the corner of Diamond & Chenery in Glen Park to let Paul and Jennie know that you’re in their corner. Or just stop in to see Paul anytime. Saturday morning, we’ll have paper and pens and clipboards if you want to compose a note of support on the spot to be bundled up and sent to their landlord… We suggest just a brief list of three or four reasons you value Buddies, the Parks, or the general concept of having a family run corner store in the neighborhood.

After 13 years in business in the heart of Glen Park, the Parks are facing a rent hike on their storefront that could well make it impossible for them to continue the business. Not long ago they were paying $5,000 a month (already a rent that makes me wince to think of)– though I believe their recent rate has been somewhat higher still.  Now the landlord is holding out for $7,600 (down from an initial demand of $10,000).

Negotiations are ongoing, and Paul and Jennie are hopeful that the landlord will relent and bring the rent increase down to a rate at which they can continue to do business. Time will tell.

Supervisor Wiener has sent the landlord a letter of support, as has Bird & Beckett. But we think several dozen brief pleas from the neighbors would be the most useful thing at this point.

Show your neighborhood spirit! And keep it positive, please!

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