In the earliest days of November, one San Francisco resident woke up to a fascinating–and sleepy–surprise. A young male coyote had made himself a little too comfortable on their patio furniture! Coyotes are common sights in the California Bay Area, but seeing one this far into the city–and this comfortable in an urban backyard–is clearly unusual.
Fortunately, San Francisco’s Animal Control officers were more than willing to check on the California native animal. After the resident called in, concerned that the coyote was sick or injured, Officer Mullen came to see things for themself. And all they found was one sleepy wild coyote with a cozy napping spot!
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Wow! Coyotes are such beautiful animals, especially when they’re resting peacefully like this young one was. It’s great news that he appeared healthy, too, and that @sfanimalcareandcontrol got the chance to educate the public about this native species.
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As commenter @gertiepoops said to the officers, “Your Instagram account is a beacon of hope, love, and caring (and science) in these crazy times. Thank you.” I couldn’t agree more! It’s so special to get a behind-the-scenes look at what animal control officers do, especially because they save a lot more animals than people realize.
In fact, these folks just want to help people learn! They explained in this fascinating post that young coyotes normally leave their dens and their families in the fall when they’re around one and a half years old. This guy is likely wandering around, looking for a mate to start a den of his own! Even though most people want to keep coyotes out of their yards, we don’t blame him for stopping to spend the night somewhere comfy during such an exciting time in his life. We’re glad the officer and resident felt the same way!
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