My Profile in SFGate

Journalist Paul Krantz — he’s interested in environmental issues and in speaking for those who can’t speak for themselves, i.e., the animals — asked if he could write a “profile” about me for SFGate. I had no idea what a profile was, but I agreed, as long as it would promote the coyotes, help with understanding them, and delineate guidelines for coexistence. Then I balked when he wanted to send out a photographer — I suggested that we could use an old photograph? He tried, but that photographer was off in a remote area and could not access the contracting papers that are necessary. So I reluctantly agreed to a photographer. And look what I got! A fantastic writeup by Paul and fantastic photos taken by Doug Zimmerman! And hopefully my message will reach more people. Thank you both!

Janet Kessler has been watching San Francisco’s wild coyotes for 16 years.

She knows individual coyotes by their faces, has assisted with genealogical studies, and spends time observing them almost every day. The 73-year-old self-taught naturalist is known to some as San Francisco’s “Coyote Lady” because of her efforts to document and advocate for what some would say are the city’s least appreciated residents. To read on, click here.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa Febre, Author
    Apr 28, 2023 @ 21:18:52

    gosh Janet, I don’t know what the best part about this article is! The featured photos you’ve taken, the photos of you, or the fantastic advocacy crammed into this fascinating piece! Congratulations and I hope the coyotes continue to infuse you with the powerful energy you have to continue to advocate and document them for many years to come!


    • yipps:janetkessler
      Apr 28, 2023 @ 21:39:58

      Thank you so much: what a cool thing for you to say! Thank you! And you are so right: the coyotes DO infuse me with a powerful energy to do what I do. Super-appreciatively! Hugs! Janet

  2. Lance Mellon
    Apr 28, 2023 @ 22:30:27

    Thank you for all you do Janet. The coyotes are so much better off that you live in their midsts.


  3. Claire Perry Artwork
    Apr 29, 2023 @ 10:56:15

    You are the Jane Goodall of our coyotes ! Deep respect and appreciation.


  4. Dan De Vries
    Apr 29, 2023 @ 20:26:23

    Nice! Well deserved recognition, sz here.


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