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Coyotes are common throughout the Bay Area — day and night

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 at 5:45 am in coyotes, Coyotes howling.

This coyote likes to take little naps on top of hills. Photo by Marina Chainey, Richmond, CA
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I’ve known for years that coyotes have lived in nearby Wildcat Canyon Regional Park.  This year, however, I’ve observed them in daylight on several occasions. This one likes to take little naps on top of hills.  I even saw a pair of them traveling together last weekend!
Marina Chainey, Richmond, California

A pair of coyotes traveling together across the open spaces. Photo by Marina Chainey, Richmond, CA
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Coyotes are actually pretty common throughout the San Francisco Bay Area — in suburban open spaces and inter-city parks. They are out and about, day and night. Many nights I go to sleep to the sounds of them howling on the hill across the little canyon by my home in Benicia.

Coyotes are common throughout the S.F. Bay Area. Photo by Marina Chainey, Richmond, CA.
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Coyotes frequently will come into town at night, prowling jogging trails, sidewalks, down the middle of streets and even sticking their noses into our backyards while we’re asleep. That’s why it is very important that we at least keep our cats inside at night (inside all the time, like my two kitties, is best). Otherwise, they may end up being dinner for one of those hungry coyotes. /Gary

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2 Responses to “Coyotes are common throughout the Bay Area — day and night”

  1. Karen Says:

    Kitties aren’t the only potential victims. Very small dogs, and even very small humans, are potential coyote fare. Supervise your furries and don’t leave your baby to crawl about on the lawn without you.

    I admire coyotes, and the ways they’ve adapted to live in the human world. They’re beautiful, and they do us a great service by keeping other species in check that would overrun our gardens. In fact, I have a weekend/getaway house in the eastern Sierra that’s overrun with rabbits; I NEED a coyote!

  2. Judy Carney Says:

    Last night I couldn’t sleep because all night long it seemed the coyotes were howling. It was like a group of them on the hill behind our house. We’ve heard them a lot lately. What do you think they are wanting? What is the purpose of the howl? Anyone know?

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