Reporting a Coyote Sighting or Encounter
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(please report the location and time of day along with a description of
About Coyotes in the Presidio
After a long absence, coyotes
returned to the Presidio in 2002 and are now seen here regularly. Coyotes are
known to roam around the region to find food and habitat in open spaces and are
also seen in Marin, Golden Gate Park, Lands End, Glen Park, and other local sites.
In 2005, a wildlife specialist
assessed that the open space acreage of the Presidio could support two pairs of
breeding coyotes (4-5 adult individuals). Typically, any pups are driven from
dens and out of the Presidio by August and the adult population remains stable.
However, given constant migration, unknown breeding success, and pup dispersal,
and the difficulties associated with identifying specific individuals, it is
unknown precisely how many coyotes are in the Presidio at any given time.
In 2003 the Presidio Trust began working with the Department of Fish and Game,
Animal Care and Control, and the National Park Service to ensure that the
Presidio coyote population remains healthy and wild and poses no threat to
residents, employees, and visitors.
In 2004, in
partnership with the National Park Service, the Presidio Trust developed a
Wildlife Incident Response Protocol which helps us assess wildlife behavior and
determine appropriate responses. Our management actions range from public
education to hazing to, under very rare circumstances, eliminating a coyote who
has been carefully assessed as a threat to public safety.
Community awareness is
key to successful human and wildlife co-existence. Here in the Presidio we
inform and involve the community by:
Please read the Coyotes in the Presidio brochure for simple steps you can take to promote
harmonious co-existence with park wildlife. Help us keep the public informed and
safe by reporting any sightings or encounters.
Pupping Season Update
Updated May 18, 2015
Coyote pupping season typically runs from March through July. Coyote denning
activity is now occurring in the Infantry Terrace and East Washington neighborhoods.
Bay Area Ridge Trail is currently not recommended for dog walking activity
from The Spire to National Cemetery Overlook.