It is now common knowledge that two Coyotes are living in Golden Gate Park. I have been photographing that same Coyote couple since last year, but this year their den is closer to human foot and bicycle traffic. While hanging out near their den, and photographing them this year, I noticed that many people are scared of them. The male Coyote is now performing his role as the male parent, in other words he is protecting his den, which means that either the female had pups or pups are on the way.
If you are a scared of a Coyote simply follow the steps below to warn them off.

If a Coyote is Close By

  1. Look at the coyote while slowly backing away. Maintain eye contact. Coyotes are generally frightened of people and will not confront you.
  2. Make yourself as large and imposing-looking as possible. This can be achieved by holding your backpack above your head or opening up your jacket.
  3. Shout or yell to frighten the coyote. Keep making noise.

  4. Stomp your feet loudly and continuously.If you Encounter a Pack of Coyotes Nearby
    Coyotes are known to live in a pack, so be careful.[1]
    1. Do not approach a pack.
      • Give them ample space.
    2. Don’t stare at any of the coyotes or act threatening toward them.
    3. Most coyotes prefer to avoid human contact, so follow the above instructions make lots of noise.
      • Once coyotes become aware of a human presence, they will probably avoid you.

      If a Coyote is Far Away

      Be vigilant with your children and pets. Make sure they don’t get too close, since they can be drawn towards animals.


    • If you are camping with a pet, keep them somewhere where they can’t easily escape. It may attract wild animals like coyotes.
    • Don’t keep any food inside a the tent as this attracts wild animals. Make sure that you hang all your food in a tree or keep it in a place far from your camp. This includes strong smelling “non-food” items such as toothpaste, deodorant and soap.
    • If you get bitten by a coyote, seek medical attention right away!


    • Never run from a coyote. It can run much faster than you.
    • Never try to feed a coyote. Feeding wild animals is illegal in the U.S. and Canada, and could result in injury if the animal were to bite you.
    • Coyotes often attack humans to protect their pup’s lives. Take care not to go too close to a coyote pup.
    • Never let your child or pet interact with a coyote!