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Coyotes in the Presidio
Reporting a Coyote Sighting or Encounter or (415) 561-4148
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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:


  • Providing a wildlife hotline and monitoring all reported coyote observations in the Presidio (and areas adjacent to the park)
  • Educating park residents, employees, and visitors through materials and presentations
  • Installing temporary and permanent signage (with a focus on coyotes) in targeted areas of the Presidio

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.​

For more detailed information, please read our ​​FAQs page​​.


2015 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.

The Bay Area Ridge Trail is currently not recommended for dog walking activity from The Spire to National Cemetery Overlook.

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Report a Coyote Sighting
T: (415) 561-4148