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Coyote photos to help you identify a real coyote when you see one

By Gary Bogue
Friday, December 12th, 2008 at 9:00 am in Brian Murphy, coyotes, Wildlife.

Coyote on Mount Diablo by Brian Murphy

Coyote sightings around San Ramon, Calif., schools have been reported recently, the latest one Thursday morning when one of the animals was seen sleeping under a school’s marquee.

What follows is a collection of photos of local coyotes in the wild to help you make sure what you’re seeing is really a coyote.


Coyotes are generally shy and present a minimal risk to humans. I’ve never heard of a coyote attacking humans in the Bay Area. But it’s always wise to be extra-careful when any large wild animal is staying in an area near you, especially if it doesn’t appear to be afraid of you.

If you are a student at a school where coyotes have been seen hanging around, be sure to follow the instructions your teachers give you on what to do when you see a coyote.


Sounds to me like students have been leaving food lying around from their lunches. All students and teachers should be advised to pick up food and place it in garbage cans whenever they find it, and especially to not feed the coyotes. It will cause them to hang around the school.

Garbage cans should also be covered with lids whenever possible. Wild animals are clever at getting food out of garbage cans when the cans aren’t covered. (Has the school district cut back on garbage pickups during this financial crunch? If so, maybe they need to rethink that.)

If you have any questions about coyotes, you can e-mail me at for an answer /Gary


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  1. p.vertin Says:

    I see them often in my neighborhood; they’re harmless and usually take off the minute they see a human. I see them early, mid-day and very late at night in many different locations between concord and bay point and on cummings skyway if i go out to crockett.

    i think they are hungry and cold.

  2. Marilyn Wojcik Says:

    My husband and I are so excited when we see the coyotes in our back yard. We have a lovey vege garden and the gophers come in a eat quite a bit of our goods. The coyotes help keep the population of gophers in check so they are welcome here! They are hungry and cold right now, so any little animal helps with their plight.

  3. Paulette Kenyon Says:

    Thanks for the beautiful photos of the coyotes. Just gorgeous! I once had the pleasure of having a coyote/dog mix. Ever since, I’ve been in love with coyotes. Yet, I know they are wild animals. Some years back, my husband was hunting and saw some coyotes chase some quail into a cold lake. My husband retrieved a couple of the quail who were freezing to death out in the lake by sticking them in his coat, under his shirt and next to his skin until they dried off and became warm again.
    Another time, we saw a couple of coyotes acting playful, trying to entice our dogs into play. We didn’t let our dogs fall for that old coyote trick.
    That they can survive so well in the midst of earth’s most formidable creatures (humans), who often go out of their way to destroy them, gives them a well-earned mystique.

  4. Kelly Says:

    I saw a coyote and was able to identify it from these pics!!!

  5. Gary Bogue Says:

    Great! That’s why I blogged on this subject. /Gary

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