Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Coyotes in San Francisco
Coyotes returned to San Francisco, taking up residence at the Presidio, in the northern part of the city SF Coyote. The specialists believe about a dozen coyotes may be roaming the area. Some residents love the idea while quite a few others don’t like having the coyotes around at all. The coyotes get blamed for any missing or mangled pets, whether they’re responsible or not, and pet owners have to pick times when the coyotes are unlikely to be around to walk dogs in suspected habitat areas. I know the coyotes can keep the rodent population down. I’m not sure if they tangle with cats on a regular basis. Since they usually hunt in packs it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to be out walking when the pack’s roaming. They can leap eight foot fences so if there’s something good smelling in your backyard the coyote would have no trouble investigating it.
This of course leads to many writing ideas in the short story range, using the Presidio as a backdrop. The article claims they had to shoot a mated pair of coyotes in Golden Gate Park. One female can bear three to nine pups a year. If the story isn’t paranormal themed the plot would have to center on one or two people caught out away from a residential area. A couple of teens messing around too far from their vehicle or a family picnic stretching into after dark hours could lead to a harrowing night. It’s an interesting development in any case. I’m not sure how romantic listening to coyotes howl around your house would be. :)