My Coyotes In Pacifica, by Cindi

 2014-08-27 (1)
I live in Pacifica California. I have a coyote that has been behind my backyard for 6 years. There is a new family..mama and 4 pups..The male sits in the sun and I see him there for hours at a time..there is a eucalyptus grove behind me with lots of undergrowth. My large collie sits in our yard and thankfully this coyote is afraid.. I leave him alone but love watching puppies play..I take tons of photos..
2014-08-15 (1)
The male coyote is called “Mama” because for a year we thought he was a female. He has been on my hill for six years now. These photos are from two years ago, when we were redoing our yard and had NO fence. . .


My collie Kody and the mom and dad coyotes. I DO NOT leave Kody outside when coyotes are on the hill.
 2015-06-11 (1)
Question: Did you build the fence specifically because of the coyotes — to keep a barrier between coyotes and dog? No, we took down a 6 foot deer fence because we built a new step up patio so we could have a view of Montara Mountain. We just put a 42″ wrought iron fence so it would not obstruct the view!! As a matter of fact the puppy coyotes have been walking thru the slats and coming into my yard at different times of night! There is no food out there but one night two were playing on my artificial lawn!

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. yipps
    Aug 16, 2016 @ 15:28:06

    I, too, knew a coyote for a full year as a female before discovering otherwise. When we found this out, we altered the name from the cute, “Brownie” to the more masculine “Bruno”, but we perpetuate the history — we always tell folks what his name used to be and why!!


  2. fabio
    Oct 08, 2018 @ 17:32:10

    I live in Back of the Valley in Park Pacifica for many years, and lately I been seeing an increase of Coyotes in my area ,love to herding at night and now you can also do it a daylight .Many dogs and small pets are missing from our neighborhood an is getting so unsafe for every body My loving dog got killed this passing weekend by a Coyote,I hope the Wild Life control Authorities do something soon to control the over population of becoming pest infestation because this is causing a problem to humans ,I not an Animal heater but they should be relocated in controlled and treated as the same of Cougars .they don’t come to our Backyards to play whit our pets hey are Hungry they should be controlled.. Help us to control overpopulation of Coyotes in Pacifica please…Regards


    • yipps:janetkessler
      Oct 08, 2018 @ 17:47:28

      Hi Fabio — Thanks for writing. I’m sorry coyotes are a negative issue for you. Coyotes are not like cougars — coyotes are not a danger to people — they do not approach people unless you feed them. By the same token, you should not approach them. Yes, pets may be approached by coyotes, but pets can easily be kept away from them by leashing them and not allowing them to roam free. It’s in fact more likely that dogs go chasing after coyotes than the other way around. The State of California will not remove, relocate, or kill wildlife simply for anyone’s convenience. So please put in a little bit of effort to control the pets in your area: don’t allow cats to roam free, and walk dogs on leashes. If you see a coyote while out on your walk with your leashed dog, simply walk the other way, thereby preventing both communicative or physical engagement. With these simple rules, folks like you have been coexisting with coyotes for many, many years in Los Angeles, and we’ve been doing so for 16 years here in San Francisco. Hope this helps! Janet

      You might watch the video, Coyotes As Neighbors, at the top of this blog. Also, take a look at this flyer: How To Handle A Coyote Encounter: A Primer.

  3. Mike
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 21:22:08

    Thank you for respecting your furry neighbors and sharing the cute pics. I just moved ( maybe 1 mile), but used to see a coyote every night.


    • yipps:janetkessler
      Nov 25, 2019 @ 22:24:37

      Thank you, too, Mike, for being supportive of them. I tell people that all they have to do is walk away from them, keep their distance, and never feed. Thanks for your comment!

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