Coyote sightings in the Peninsula, and in South San Francisco, are not rare, but it is extremely hard to bear when they harm or prey on our beloved pets. We understand this causes a lot of concern, but according to the CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, coyotes are by nature fearful of humans. Here are some important tips to keep in mind:
- Keep your dogs and cats indoors at night and do not leave food bowls out overnight.
- If confronted by a coyote, make loud noises and use negative reinforcement like yelling or throwing rocks in the animal’s direction.
- Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting rodents and other coyote prey.
- Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, chickens, etc.
- Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.
- Never feed or attempt to tame coyotes.
Coyotes are like dogs and will remember how they got their last easy meal…and will keep returning to get their next. Follow the tips above and ask your neighbors to follow them as well. Coyotes play an important role in the ecosystem, helping to keep rodent populations under control. Let’s help keep them wild. To see more tips from the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, please see their brochure, “Living with California Coyotes.”
For everyone's safety, it is essential that coyotes retain their natural wariness of humans. To report an aggressive coyote, please call Police dispatch at (650) 877-8900.