Coyotes Are Appreciated

Might this be a yoga pose?

Hi, Janet.  Today I saw my first coyote in daylight !!!  It was in Pacifica.

At first I thought it was a dog.  Or a wolf.  I even looked at your website’s pictures just to make sure it really was a coyote.  

You note on your website that, “Everyone I know is as thrilled as I am to have them here, even if they’ve never seen one!” And I know that’s true of me!  I want them to keep sharing the habitat we still have.  I am a defender of the coyotes.  Seeing the coyote today was an enormous thrill for me.

I also took pictures of a huge flock of quail in Pacifica today and recently I photographed my 37th California butterfly and that was in Pacifica too.  It was a Satyr Anglewing.

I really enjoy your coyote pictures.

Best wishes,

Jim Musselman

Another yoga position — and he held it for a long time!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindie White
    Sep 20, 2018 @ 06:54:03

    I love this story! Thank you Jim for loving Coyotes and sharing your excitement.


  2. Elinor
    Sep 20, 2018 @ 22:51:08

    Thank you, Jim!


  3. PJ
    Sep 21, 2018 @ 04:49:02

    It is so very exciting to see your first coyote. I know I was. A beautiful Male with about 4 females. I wanted so bad to open my car door (they were on my road) and call the Male into it. I get to hear them a lot just not see them other then that one time.


  4. yipps:janetkessler
    Sep 21, 2018 @ 05:29:14

    Jim was thrilled because this was his first perfectly clear “daytime” sighting, at least in a long time. He has seen coyotes before, but usually at night.


  5. Ingrid T
    Sep 24, 2020 @ 20:35:54

    Hi, Janet,

    Thanks so much for your beautiful advocacy for coyotes. I’m slowly making my way through all of the posts. What a rich narrative. I wish everyone respected and understood our native song dogs as thoughtfully as you do, and as you present throughout your work. I’m always distressed when I hear people resorting to “control” or violence because coyotes are simply engaging their natural behaviors, in their rightful habitats.

    I found your blog originally because I was looking for information on coyotes I’ve seen regularly in Pacifica. I’ve not encountered them the past two times I was in that particular park, but it’s been such a joy to catch glimpses of these beautiful animals — from a respectful distance of course. I was doing a search, wondering if there were any public stories behind that particular group of coyotes.

    Thank you, again, for all you do.


    • yipps:janetkessler
      Sep 24, 2020 @ 22:00:57

      Hi Ingrid — Thank you so much for contacting me, and for the pat on the back! It’s wholeheartedly appreciated! I only document the coyotes in San Francisco, so I do not know enough about the Pacifica coyotes to tell you anything about them. In addition, I always encourage people, when they write about or post photos of coyotes, not to mention location.

      You’ll notice that I follow this dictum in my blog and on Instagram always. And the reason for this is to protect the safety and privacy of the coyotes. They really need to be left alone and not made into spectacles or zoo animals. Humans tend to intrude in many ways on them, and then, when feeding begins, it alters their natural behaviors so entirely that they lose what is “coyote” about themselves and are turned into “stray dogs” who hang around and beg on the streets and in parking lots.

      So, if anyone writes about the Pacifica coyotes, I would hope they would do so without a place association. By the way, I don’t know anyone at all, other than myself, who documents coyotes either in San Francisco or beyond. Please let me know if this is helpful, and if it makes sense to you! Warmly, Janet

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