Coyote Sighting in Golden Gate Park
Took a foggy dusk walk in the western end of Golden Gate Park. At 5:00 P.M., as I rounded the south end of the walking path looping North Lake, I spotted at first what I thought were two unleashed grey dogs. I waited a few moments to see if an owner appeared, but no. I continued towards them slowly–about 30 yards from me–and one jumped off the path and down into the vegetation at the lake. I got a closer view then and realized they were coyotes.
Of course, I was without a camera. As I saw a man approaching with a small dog on the other side of the lake, I spoke out to him, “Coyotes!” The coyote down by the lake hustled back up the embankment to the walking path and both coyotes paced around a bit, alternately sniffing around and checking where I was. After a few moments, they both trotted off into the woods, ivy, and brush towards the golf course.
First time I’d seen coyotes in the park in about eight months, the last time was spotting one in the bison den at 1:00 P.M., hunting for rabbit or gopher or whatnot. Park gardeners have told me that den of coyotes lives in the bison pen.
Many people in the city have no idea about the wildlife existing in this city north of SOMA.