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Photo by Judith Romero, June 2009


Presentation requested and delivered at the Rotary Club of San Francisco, May, 17, 2022 at Noon, at the Anzu Restaurant, 222 Mason Street, SF, 94102. This was a short, 20 minute version of my normally 45-50 minute talk, as part of their monthly meeting.

I was part of the discussion panel for the SF Indie Fest for the screening of Nick-Stone Schearer’s Documentary, “don’t feed the coyotes” which included my work, April 14th, 2022 at 6pm at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco:

Class slide/poster talk to Juniors and Seniors of Waldorf School, November 17th at 1:30 pm

Invitation to Speak at the El Cerrito Garden Club, Zoom Presentation: Citizen Coyotes of SF, WHO they are, WHERE they are, and HOW to get along, 11-11-21@11am.

Local Naturalist Studies Coyotes Living Amongst Sunset Reservoir Solar Panels, by Kelley Omran, on the PUC website: SFPUCNEWSROOM.COM, June 28, 2021:

A View Transformed: from fear to understanding, by Amy Sparkman, in Heart to Heart, Arden Wood’s Summer 2021 Newsletter: (PDF) OR:

Invitation to Speak in Bernal Heights about their coyotes and coyotes generally: Coyotes: WHERE they are, WHO they are, HOW to get along, a poster presentation on June 20, 2021 at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Park bleachers

Reservoir Dogs: Coyotes find a home amid Sunset solar panels, by Tom Molanphy in 48Hills magazine, April 21, 2021 (Janet is included, but not featured in this article).

Invitation to Speak in person at Arden Wood, May 10, 2021 at 9:30 am, about the West Portal coyotes specifically and coyotes generally: Coyotes: WHERE they are, WHO they are, HOW to get along.

Invitation to Speak to North Beach Residents about their coyotes and coyotes generally: “Coyotes: WHERE they are, WHO they are, HOW to get along”. ZOOM presentation on December 29th at 5:00 pm.

Invitation to speak at China Camp State Park by Friends of China Camp, March 28th, 2020 at 5:30pm. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID

Coexisting With Coyotes — Be Careful With Pets, by Olivia Boler, Noe Valley Voice, March 2020 (pages 1, 9-10):

Tripp Robbins, Making Peace With Coyotes, Half Moon Bay Magazine, March, 2020 Issue:

Mike McPhate of the California Sun likes my “stuff” and posted links and a photo on the March, 6, 2020 daily roundup:

Monica Serrano and Ben Sacks, et. al., Poster: San Francisco Urban Coyote Repopulation: A Noninvasive Genetic Perspective, January 2020 [see]

“San Francisco Coyotes Are Back and They Are Thriving”, Interview with Bianca Taylor for a podcast, Associate Producer, Segmented Audio & Podcasts at KQED, February 20, 2020.

Interview for Documentary with Michelle Klug and William Poor, Senior Producer at The Verge of VoxMedia, January 29, 2020, to be aired in March.

An Invitation to speak at Kristin Engler’s 3rd grade class at Alvarado School, January 15, 2020 at 1pm: “Coyote Citizens: WHO they are and HOW to get Along (Young Person’s Version).

An Invitation to speak at El Cerrito’s Environmental Quality Committee (ECEQC) on January 14, 2020 at 7pm: “Coyote Citizens: WHO they are and HOW to get along”, El Cerrito City Hall, in the City Council Chamber Room, 10890 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, 94530.

An Invitation to speak at The Sequoias in San Francisco in January, 2020: “Coyote Citizens: WHO they are and HOW to get along”.

An Invitation to speak at the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, an information public presentation: “Inside The Lives of Urban Coyotes”, October 18, 2019.

An Invitation to Speak at the  Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s Summer Animal Camp, on June 26, August 1 and August 15, 2019: “Coyotes in SF for Animal Campers”.

Caught on Camera: Presidio Coyotes Without People,  by Elizabeth Rogers, with mention of Janet Kessler’s observations, in Bay Nature, April 8, 2019:

Display of selected images from “Beyond the Howl” exhibit of less-seen coyote family behaviors at the Josephine Randall Junior Museum in San Francisco, February 2019 and ongoing.

An Invitation to Speak: “Janet Kessler: Coyotes in San Francisco”, Thursday, December 6th at 5:30 at Pauline’s Pizza at 260 Valencia Street in San Francisco.

An Invitation to Speak: “Janet Kessler: Zooming-in on Coyotes for the Lindsay Wildlife Center Volunteers”, Monday, October 1, 2018, and “Inside the Lives of Urban Coyotes” on Monday, September 9, 2019 at the Lindsay Wildlife Center in Walnut Creek

An Invitation to Speak: “Janet Kessler: Zooming-in on Coyotes”, Environmental Political Theory Workshop at the Western Political Science Association annual meeting, Wednesday March 28th, 2018 at the Hyatt Embarcadero.

An Exhibit: Coyotes: “Beyond The Howl”, a photo and informational exhibit at the Sausalito Public Library, January 28 to March 10, 2018.

Bernal Coyote Hit by a Car But Recovers Quickly, Published in Bernalwood Blog (by request) on April 28, 2017

Bernal Coyote Scared but Safe After Close Call With Dog,

Published on Bernalwood Blog (by request), April 3, 2017

Citizen Coyote: Let’s Get To Know Them: An Introduction

Self-published on YouTube, Jan 16, 2017

Description: An introduction to urban coyotes based on my observations and using my observation photos. This video is well suited for classrooms.

Also available in Spanish, Ciudadanos Coyotes (

The Bernal Coyote is a Female and Human *Kindness* Could Kill Her,

Published on Bernalwood Blog, November 29, 2016

Sharing Bernal Hill With Our Coyote: A User’s Guide

Published on Bernalwood Blog, April 27, 2016

This article is about coyote behaviors which have been misinterpreted and caused fear — have been discussed on social media recently without much comprehension of what is actually going on — this article is to explain behavior and offer guidelines for coexistence.

How to Get Along With Coyotes As Pups Venture Out, Bay Nature, August 6, 2015

How to avoid coyote encounters during the end of pupping season if you have a dog, and what steps to take if one comes too close.

During Pup Season, Coyote Whisperer Warns of Canine Encounters, Bernalwood Blog, August 31, 2015

Managing Urban CoyotesSave Sutro Forest Blog, November 21, 2014

description: How to get along with our urban coyotes

What to do if you encounter a coyote, Wildcare Magazine, August, 2014

Inside A Coyote FamilyWildcare Magazine, August 2014

description: Coyotes are social and have intense family lives: a photo and text essay.

Photo Essay: Coyotes Raising Kids in San Francisco, Bay Nature, October 16, 2013

description: Coyotes are social animals with intense nuclear family lives. Here are some photos depicting some of their “raising the kids in the city” behaviors.

Coyotes As Neighbors: Focus On FactsYoutube June 2013 (also in Spanish and Mandarin)

description: I created, photographed, wrote, and assembled this video, based almost entirely on my own field research except the last section on “killing coyotes”.

English:; Spanish:; Mandarin:

How To Shoo Off A CoyoteYoutube video, June 2013

A shortened version of the “Coyotes As Neighbors” video.

How To Handle A Coyote Encounter: A Primer

description: What coyote behaviors to expect if you encounter one, and how to handle the situation. A self-published pamphlet for free distribution, first published January 2013

Poisoning to Create a “Natural Area”, Marina Times, April 2011

description: Poisons are being used in our public parks without folks knowing about it to create a so-called “natural area”. People need to be made aware of this contradiction. What is being created is not a “natural area”, but little native gardens which need constant maintenance, poisons, and killing of many of the plants that keep our parks green and beautiful.

A Wildlife Photographer Shares Twilight Adventure In Golden Gate ParkGolden Gate Park: Views From The Thicket (a Blog about SF Golden Gate Park) February 27, 2011

Urban Coyotes Have LivesWildCare: Live Well With Wildlife, Feb 2011

Wildlife in Focus: Coyote, My Time at Stone Creek Golf Club

publication dateJan 20, 2011

Coyote Behavior and Peaceful Coexistence, Marina Times, December 2010

description: A brief introduction of coyote urban behaviors,

[also published in two other publications:“Coyote Behavior and Peaceful Coexistence with Humans and Dogs”, Pacific Riptide, November 24, 2010,, SFGate, December 27, 2010,]

Celebrating Our Urban Wildness: Coyotes to Quail

description: An exhibit of 60 of my large-format photos of the wildlife found right here in San Francisco. This exhibit was supposed to run for four months, but ran for a full year longer.

a the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center at the San Francisco Library, Main Branch

January 2009 to July 2010

Myca of Twin Peaks, a one person photo exhibit, Seed Gallery for Photography at the Thoreau Center for Sustainability in the Presidio, March 20 to May 16, 2008, then extended to June 10. These photos then moved to the Randall Museum in San Francisco as part o their “Wild in the City” exhibit, and remained up 6 years until the Randall Museum closed for renovations in 2016.

Myca of Twin Peaksself-published and sold 600 copies at cost, September 2007

description: A home made booklet with photos about an encounter with one of our San Francisco coyotes on Twin Peaks


My Coyote on Twin PeaksNoe Valley Voice, September 2007 [with photo:] NVV announced the Presidio exhibit:; NVV announces the publication of the booklet:

Flyers and Signs for free downloading:

Coyote Facts and Fiction, for free distribution, published 2012,

The Truth About Coyote Conflicts, for free distribution, published 2012

La Verdad Acerca de los conflictos con coyotes

Coexistence with Dogs, published 2011

Como Espantar a un Coyote Para Que Se Vaya, 2012

Guidelines for Coexisting with Coyotes

Guía Para Coexistir con coyotes urbanos

Guidelines for Coexistence in Chinese

Coyote Advisory Signs:


Spanish and Mandarin:


Urban coyote overlooking San Francisco: PHOTO for SF ACC’s Coyote page, added 1-21-2020.

“‘Tis the Season of Sharing – let’s share the earth with coyotes”, by Katherine Howard, in Castro Courier, December 2019, page 3 (will appear online in a couple of weeks, and also in the WestSideObserver).

The Need for Wildness: How Coyotes Are Finding a Place in a Changing City, by Tara Lohan, in The Revelator, July 12, 2019

The woman who follows urban coyotes, by Vivian Ho, The Guardian, February 26, 2019:

Neighbors in the Night, by Vanitha Sankaran, Pacifica Magazine, November 2018.

San Francisco’s Urban Coyotes Have A Friend in Local “Coyote Lady”, by Katherine Seligman, Sacramento Bee, July 16, 2017:

Video: San Francisco Coyote Plays Fetch With Herself, by Graph Masara, SFGate, February 21, 2017:

How To Coexist With Wild Coyotes, From SF’s Own “Coyote Whisperer”, by Alisa Scerrato

Hoodline, February 20, 2017

Description: Information to allay fears, and guidance for coexisting with urban coyotes here in San Francisco.

Bernal Hill’s coyote is in danger because people keep feeding it, by Katie Dowd, SFGate, November 30, 2016

ABC News, 12/1/2016: and

The Coyote Whisperer, by Shelby Carpenter, Pacific Standard Magazine, March 22, 2016

Coyote Town: Leave SF Coyotes Alone, by Julia Carrie Wong, SF Weekly, Sept 9, 2015

Janet Kessler, The Urban Coyote Watcher, by Leath Tonino, High Country News, May 25, 2015

Woman on a First Name Basis with SF Coyotes, by Joel Engardio, SF Examiner, June 8, 2014

Columbia National Wildlife Refuge in Washington used my photos for their “coyotes” and “multimedia” sections of their brand new website in March, 2014:

Urban Coyotes Mate For Life, BioNews Science Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, NYC, November, 2012 [a photo of Janet’s is included];

Connecting with Janet Kessler, “Coyote Lady”, Interview by Courtney Quirin, Bay Nature Connections, November 4, 2012

Keeping Peace With Urban Coyotes, by Courtney Quirin, Bay Nature, November 7, 2012 [Janet Kessler’s photos]

Urban Coyotes in our Midst, by Courtney Quirin, Bay Nature, September 4, 2012 [Janet Kessler’s photos]

Taking Walks on the Wild Side, by Susan Sward, NYT, March 14, 2010:

“SF Residents Learn To Coexist With Urban Coyotes”, by Robin Hindery, AP (published in over 800 news outlets), March 11, 2011

with photo by Jeff Chiu.

“It’s A Good Time Of Year To Spot Urban Wildlife,” by Victoria Schlesinger in Way Out West News, June 6, 2011 [the old link, below, no longer functions :((]

Wildlife in San Francisco (published in WOW or Way Out West, which is no longer in operation). The founder and owner of this journal moved on to Bay Nature:

Panel at Palace of Fine Arts Lagoon, SF, with photos by Janet Kessler, the public opening was on January 14, 2011


“Reservoir Dogs: Coyotes find a home amid sunset solar panels”, by Tom Molanphy, in 48 Hills, April 21, 2021 (Janet is included in the article, but not featured).

Conversation and Q&A at SF Botanical Gardens With Children’s Garden Interns, July 17, 2017

I served as an advisor to Coyote Watch Canada.

A founder and director of and blog

Helped set up presentations in Atlanta in 2013

Coyoteyipps Blog: research and behavior documentation of coyotes

Some of my photos on Instagram:

Everyday in the parks educating folks by speaking with them, answering questions, putting up signs where needed, and documenting coyote behavior: Glen Canyon, Bernal Heights, Pine Lake at Stern Grove, McLaren, Lake Merced, Buena Vista Park, Corona Heights, Golden Gate Heights, and distributing *packets* of information to various neighborhoods: over 5,000 so far in 2018 alone.

Bernal Heights daily appearances to remove food and educate people on not feeding or befriending.

Publishing flyers which were packaged for free distribution on doorknobs in different neighborhoods in San Francisco or handed to people, beginning with 10,000.

A founder and director of (also served as secretary for 3 years)

Harpist at Noe Valley Plucked String Orchestra for 3 years (avocation)

Editorial Assistant at US News and World Report 1986-1989, SF Bureau

Office Manager at Vorpal Gallery 1977-1979.

University of Texas, Austin, BA and MA

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