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Has Anyone Seen the Twin Peaks Coyote?

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Coyote on Twin Peaks, San Francisco, photo by Janet Kessler

I guess I’ve been a little behind in the city’s coyote news. I know of its presence in the Presidio, Golden Gate Park, Glen Park, and Bernal Hill, sometimes with lethal consequences. But until my girlfriend gave me a small self-printed booklet from (of course) Dog Eared Books, I was unaware that there was a coyote on Twin Peaks.

Aside from the author’s account, I’ve been unable to find any mention of this urban canine carnivore. Have you seen it? Can you point to any online resources about it? I hope it has fared better than some of the others.

And, if you get a chance, don’t miss the KQED special, “Wild at Heart,” about SF’s urban wildlife. Here’s a trailer from a derivative DVD:

7 Comments
  • zenkat | Dec 2, 2009 at 8:49 am

    The Randall Museum has a small photo exhibit on Don Coyote, more details can be found there.

    One of the pictures at the Randall looks similar to this pic, though, so it may be reported by the same person.

    Given the good forest cover on the northeast side of the mountain (and the large rodent population), I see no reason why a coyote shouldn’t be living on Twin Peaks. It’s just a couple of blocks to make it from GG Park to the lower slopes of the peaks.

  • Jeff Diehl | Dec 2, 2009 at 8:53 am

    the exhibit at the Randall is the same set of pictures as linked to in the post above, and it seems to be running through this month.

  • sfsue | Dec 7, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    No, but I’ve seen one in Golden Gate Park once. It was so fast I wasn’t even sure that’s what I saw — so who knows!

    Here’s a link to an old SF Chron story:
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/11/29/HOTB149A68.DTL

  • david hidalgo | Feb 10, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    yep saw it yesterday morning 615 about halfway back down from twinpeak during my run at first i thought at was a stray but as it got closer i realize it was a coyote didnt seem to be afraid of me took half a min for me to scare it off

  • Laurel | Feb 28, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Saw a coyote on O’Shaugnessy this evening around 5pm. It was going down the footpath and then darted into the bushes. It was a lot bigger than I would have ever imagined – I thought it was a stray german shepherd at first!

  • RKB | Mar 30, 2010 at 4:39 am

    I saw it a few months ago, crossing Twin Peaks Blvd above Portola. It ran into the brush behind the Midtown Terrace houses. I also thought it was a dog at first.

  • Davis | Oct 7, 2010 at 5:12 am

    They kill cats. There are so many feral cats thanks to human ignorance and cruelty and they are innocent victims of these “wonderful” creatures. I’d much prefer the coyotes being relocated or exterminated instead of the cats being brutally devoured by these wild beasts.