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 firstname.lastname@example.org for an answer /Gary