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A weekend full of wildlife encounters.

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As many folks know it is tough living in San Francisco. Being a City slicker is a pain-in-the-arse, but this City can turn things around with the wildlife alone.

Friday, the 29th after dealing with a broke vehicle I decided to go off and find urban coyotes. Well I found them or they found me.While walking my normal wildlife touring route in Golden Gate Park an ambulance went screaming through the park. One thing song dogs like to do is howl at sirens.
Listen to this>>>>Coyotes howling Golden Gate Park

Soon after I entered their den and I was greeted.

 

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On Sunday the 1st I decided to use my unused Groupon coupon for a trip out to the Farallon Islands. However, we could not make it out to the Farallon Islands. About 12-16 miles out we started encountering swells that would have beat the boat up. But it was still fun looking for whales, and birds. I gotta do this again though. This ride was free, the next one won’t be though. It got rough out there, so in one of the photos it shows a belt. I used a belt with a marine buckle to tether myself to the railing. Photographing on a boat is another challenge in itself. It got cold out there too. It quickly went down to upper 40’s.

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In the end we did see a Minke whale, a Humpback whale, harbor porpoises, and that pelican? that seemingly liked us. For the first time in my life I have smelled whale breath, and it is everything they say, StInKy!

 

The weekend of September 29-October 1st was an excellent weekend when it came to our wildlife both in the City and outside in the Bay and Ocean.

oh yea, can’t forget about that sweet Great Horned Owlet photo from Friday.

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I’d like to give a shout-out to Ryan at the company San Francisco Whale Tours. He was very knowledgeable about the wildlife in the Bay, the Ocean, and on the shores. An excellent host. We could not get out to the Farallon’s because if the waves. The waves were to big for the boat. There is nothing bad to say about the company San Francisco Whale Tours. They are women owned, and they care about the wildlife, and the Bay and the Ocean’s health. They have excellent employees.

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YOU COMING? Another Precious Urban Coyote Encounter

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You Coming? An Urban Coyote Encounter

I think this is a female, who is pregnant, maybe why she has a pack of male Coyotes, who come running to protect her? I will find out.
Today I walked up on this Coyote while he/she(?) was laying down on the ground. There were duck feathers everywhere, then I noticed bone fragments, a partial head, and a foot from this Coyote’s last meal.
When a Coyote takes off running their initial stance is so confident and wrought with strength that you can feel and hear them. Today my heart skipped a beat when I walked up on this Coyote and it ran off. They always seem scared at first, but after while they seem to entice me or lead me on.
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Coyote Encounter Pine Lake area in Stern Grove in San Francisco

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After reading a new’s clip about a Coyote attacking a pet dog in the Stern Grove area in San Francisco I decided to track them down. My first visit to that area there was scant evidence of their presence other than the warning signs. The second time I did not find any evidence of their presence, but on the 3rd visit I had an encounter and mistakenly walked through their den.

I heard noises in the leaves and debris, they’re were no domestic dogs around and I saw no birds, so I followed the sound. I kept my head-on-a-swivel so-to-speak and focused on looking for movement. Then off to the left corner of my left eye I noticed movement. The movement was a Coyote.

I checked it out for a few minutes and watched pet dog’s walk right by the Coyote and they didn’t even know it. Even the pet dog owners couldn’t see the Coyote. I continued to watch the Coyote for about 10 minutes and then decided to walk off. I now know their are Coyotes in Stern Grove in San Francisco.

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Lured by a Coyote?

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Yesterday during a brief visit to the park, it is my belief I got lured by a Coyote. Circled the den area two times. On the 2nd time around, the Coyote in the photo, would stop, look at me, bark,(yes that’s right “bark”), and move to another area, I would walk towards him, and he would walk away, but only maybe 30 feet away, he would then stop and look up, and he barked again, this went on for 30 minutes, but then I suddenly realized I was in a very different area, and when I looked around I noticed Coyote hair in amongst the briars and branches.
So that Coyote led me to one of their den entrances, a new access point, that I never knew about. I am wondering why?
It is also my opinion that Coyote was in a playful mood.

Juvenile male Coyote Hair from Coyotes in amongst the briars

Coyote encounter Golden Gate Park

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On my usual walk, and then I heard what I thought were more people in the bushes, like a rustling of reeds or weeds or bushes, but the noise turned out to be a Coyote flanking me to my left. He was sort of behind me. He was totally watching me. I moved a couple of feet then he moved a couple of feet. I moved closer and then he took off. It is my opinion he followed me for about 100 feet into my walk.

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Surrounded by Coyotes

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Imagine this; your photographing birds high in the tree’s, suddenly you hear sirens, then suddenly howls, and yelps, and you look around and suddenly realize your also surrounded by Coyotes. They were running circles around me tonight. Never felt scared even though they tried to scare me. So if you click the link you can hear the sounds.

“Project Coyote” speech and presentation at the Presidio Officers Club.

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Coyotes are in our midst, they are in urban parks, they are in our neighborhoods, and sightings and encounters are more prevalent as ever. Coyotes are often misunderstood, and they are often shot mercilessly in the name of protecting livestock and pets. Coyotes inhabit many areas in San Francisco including Bernal Heights, Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park, the
Presidio, and the Lincoln Park area. When people spot them their are often two reactions,scared or interested.

The Presidio Officers club is hosting a weekly speaker series called the Presidio Dialogues, and a non profit called “Project Coyote” was invited to speak at that event on November 6th, 2014. Project Coyote is “based in Northern California, and they work to change negative attitudes toward coyotes, wolves and other native carnivores by replacing ignorance and fear with understanding, respect and appreciation.” The speaker Camilla H. Fox, MA has over 15 years experience in leadership positions at the “Animal Protection Institute, FurBearer Defenders, and Rainforest Action Network.” She has “spearheaded
campaigns aimed at protecting native carnivores and fostering humane and ecologically sound solutions to human-wildlife
conflicts.” Project Coyote in essence educates and promotes coexistence with Coyotes and other Canids instead of the alternate which is hunting and killing them. Coyotes are apex predators, which means their presence in our communities is important to the balance of nature.

At least 55 people attended the speech and presentation, and the audience in general are very accepting of Coyotes. The presentation included sights and sounds of Coyotes via a slide show, and when the Coyote sounds played the audience loved it. Other highlights included ways to scare off Coyotes and ways to defend yourself from a Coyote. Coexistence was the main theme of the speech, and livestock owners are the targets of that concept because it is alleged that Coyotes kill livestock, or at least taunt them until they are injured and then become more vulnerable to an attack. Livestock owners
sometimes support Coyote killing contests. Project Coyote gives livestock owners ideas on how to coexist with Coyotes, and some of those ideas include bringing on livestock guardian dogs, or even raising llamas alongside their stock. Llama’s do not like any kind of dog and will run off a Coyote. Fox says people can create shaker cans, or carry walking sticks, or even use water to scare off Coyotes.

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