It appears to be summer vacation for San Francisco coyotes as one was spotted abandoning the woods and roaming the city streets for a downtown stroll. town.
The coyote was captured on video in the city’s Laurel Heights neighborhood by Christian Calderon, who saw the animal on Euclid Avenue near Iris Avenue, according to ABC News affiliate KGO.
The coyote was seen walking along a sidewalk and crosswalk for several minutes in Calderon’s video.
No reports of human or animal injuries have been made in connection with this coyote sighting.
This video may shock some Americans, but for San Francisco coyote sightings have become increasingly common.
According to Camilla Fox of Project Coyote, a national nonprofit organization based in Marin County that promotes coexistence between humans and wildlife, coyotes live throughout San Francisco, and most green spaces in the city are susceptible. to have coyotes in their midst.
“What is most remarkable is that we don’t see them often, although we coexist with them. We only hear about it when there’s a sighting or a conflict,” Fox said in an interview with the San Francisco Department of the Environment.
According to the ministry, coyotes maintain an important role in the region’s ecosystem, including feeding on different species of rodents in the area.
This, Fox told the department, means there are fewer rodenticides and other deadly poisons killing “non-target animals.”
Nonetheless, sighting a coyote can be frightening to the average person and can pose a risk to pets.
In April, two pet owners lost their dogs to coyote attacks, both in the Corona Heights Park area, just a few miles from where a coyote was spotted in Laurel Heights on Wednesday.
The two attacks, which happened within weeks of each other in the same area, happened quickly as the owners were close to their pet, the San Francisco Chronicle said.
“It’s heartbreaking, and all the time it’s very similar stories of how it happened,” Deb Campbell, spokeswoman for San Francisco Animal Care and Control, told the San Francisco Chronicle.
“A dog will be off-leash, or someone will let a dog pee off-leash, and there’s a coyote around that will take it. It’s heartbreaking and preventable and we certainly wish these things never happened,” Campbell added.
San Francisco Animal Care and Control has more information on how to avoid altercations with coyotes on their website.