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Coyotes Around Pinole?

Pups pictured in Golden Gate Park raise questions about sharing territory with wildlife.

A recent San Francisco Chronicle article about three coyote pups prancing in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park has created new attention on how we share space with wildlife Populations of coyotes and people seem to be coming together more often in urban and suburban areas.

The Chronicle article includes video of a Rottweiler's encounter with two coyotes.

Has this phenomenon come to Pinole? Do you have past or recent stories — or photos — of coyotes showing up in backyards or in open space areas?

Are you concerned about coyotes encroaching on private of public space? Do you welcome their presence here? Share your comments below.

One Over June 04, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Yes there are live off of Pinole Valley road on the west side of the vallet and we have had them for 30 years as recently as last week
prt June 04, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I have seen them hunting along my back fence that runs along the creek in Pinole Valley. I have heard their yipping echo coming from the hills for many years. I also hear the turkey gobbles loud and clear.
William Chivo June 04, 2012 at 04:41 PM
I saw one last year just a block from Fernandez Park near the Heritage Park homes.
Susan June 04, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Seen a few in the last 6 months on my morning walks, between 7-8am, on Wright Ave and a block from Pinole Valley High. Both were heading for the hills and avoided coming too near me. I have no problem with them. Something needs to hunt the turkeys, right?
CW June 04, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Don't ever forget... WE moved into THEIR neighborhood... not the other way around...
Audra Holland June 04, 2012 at 08:32 PM
The coyotes are part of Pinole's charm right along with the turkeys, snakes, Cooper's Hawks and vultures that sun themselves with their wings outstretched on top of the neighborhood light posts. All of these things are great natural entertainment if we take a moment to slow down to take it all in.
Redrock June 05, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Don’t forget the ever present Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) and of course the most rare sighting for Pinole- the California Mountain Lion (Puma concolor). I have seen both of these animals in the foothills of Pinole. The most amazing sighting was of course the mountain lion, I was 8 years old and my friends and I stumbled upon a lounging pair in the hills over the “Green Pond”… a small water outlet just off Simas Avenue. We stood in awe while we watched the two cats bask in the sun. Frightened, we ran home and told our parents. The funny thing was nobody believed us. I’ll always cherish that memory. Much like the scene in the movie, “Stand by Me” when the kid saw the deer by himself in the early morning. To this day, I will never take for granted what a child says, there is too much truth to be overlooked and it’s our responsibility as parents to listen to them.
Kim June 05, 2012 at 05:52 AM
I have a sad one. Some years ago a coyote killed my cat in the early morning hours. I didn't know what happened until I told a neighbor about my missing cat and she told me what she had witnessed. Our backyard was right up against a hill and I guess the coyotes roam those hills.

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