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Coyotes are common throughout the Bay Area — day and night

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
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Posted on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
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Coyotes: Heard or seen any of these song dogs lately?

Coyote howling on Mount Diablo (Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA)
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I was just about to fall asleep last night at my home in Benicia, Calif., when I suddenly heard a chorus of coyotes going at it on the little hill across the canyon. Seems like there were 4-5 animals, yipping and yapping and howling their little hearts out. What a wonderful sound. A call to the clan to come gather and enjoy the night together. After they stopped howling, I drifted peacefully off to sleep.

Anybody else hearing coyotes near their homes these days? Please list the information below under “leave a comment.” Include your name, nearest cross streets to your house (where you heard the coyotes yapping) and city where you live. Please include any comments about what you were hearing and anything else you’d care to say. If you’ve seen any coyotes, list that information, approx. date, and nearest cross streets to the sighting (and city). I thought I’d gather all this information together from this impromptu little survey and try and get a feel for the coyote population around the San Francisco Bay Area (or wherever you are!). Let’s hear it! Thanks! /Gary

Coyote howling on Mount Diablo (Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA)
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Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2011
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Urban coyotes: Ever heard a coyote howl? here’s what it sounds like

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I heard a coyote howling in Benicia last night. A high-pitched, warbling, soprano barking — Yi-Yi-Yi! It sounded like there were two or three.

It riled the other domestic dogs in the neighborhood and they started to bark. It was like the ripples of a stone tossed in a quiet pool as the barking slowing spread throughout the neighborhood. What a great sound to go to sleep by.
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Posted on Monday, October 27th, 2008
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