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Coyotes have made a comeback in San Francisco after nearly a century


A coyote has been spotted in the Presidio of San Francisco, a former military base that is now managed by the National Park Service. Heather Liston, a resident of San Francisco, captured an image of the coyote while walking on a trail through the Presidio. This sighting is just one of many as the population of coyotes in the city is estimated to be around 100 animals.

The reoccupation of San Francisco by coyotes began around 2003, according to findings by Benjamin Sacks of the University of California, Davis. Coyotes were native to the area but disappeared around 1925 due to hunting, urban expansion, and poisoning. However, they have since returned and are now a familiar sight in the city, particularly in areas like Golden Gate Park and the Presidio.

As the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union took place in San Francisco recently, the writer of the article has observed significant changes over the years, including an increase in the number of coyotes in the area. The San Francisco coyote population may continue to thrive as long as they have access to quiet spaces for raising pups and urban food sources.

While the writer may not return to San Francisco for the conference in the future, he expresses gratitude to his cousin and friends who have hosted him during his visits. The peaceful coexistence between urban residents and the returning coyote population demonstrates a desire for harmonious living among different species in the city.