Monday, July 1, 2013

Going to the dogs --- Day 2/172

Walk: Western Addition Library
Distance:  2 miles

No Sausy (yet?).  Staying in San Francisco with the coyotes, aka jackals.

Picture article today in the Chron about the dramatic increase in our coyote population.  This following an article about 10 years ago about a lone coyote, supposedly San Francisco's only one, who wandered across the Golden Gate Bridge from Marin.  (A solo journey now considered a possible urban legend; probably some person brought the coyote into the city).

From Wikipedia:  Despite being extensively hunted, the coyote is one of the few medium- to large-sized animals that has enlarged its range since human encroachment began. It originally ranged primarily in the western half of North America, but it has adapted readily to the changes caused by human presence and, since the early 19th century, has been steadily and dramatically extending its range. Sightings now commonly occur in a majority of the United States and Canada. Coyotes inhabit nearly every contiguous U.S. state and Alaska. They have moved into most of the areas of North America formerly occupied by wolves, and are often observed foraging in suburban garbage bins..... Unlike the wolf, the coyote's range has expanded in the wake of human civilization, and coyotes readily reproduce in metropolitan areas.

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