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Thursday, April 12, 2012

How Not to Get Killed by a Coyote

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

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If you haven't yet noticed that it's coyote season in San Francisco, you will as soon as you cross paths with one in Golden Gate Park.

The County's Animal Care and Control Department informed us that it's coyote

mating season, which means these canines will be doing it like bunnies all summer long. And that's why we are here to tell you how not to get eaten alive by one of those horny dogs.

First, you should know that coyotes tend to be more aggressive during mating season, which starts now and ends in August. Second, you should know they have no qualms about making you and your pup feel unwelcome. So avoid their dens at all cost -- give the prairie wolves some privacy during this time of prolific procreation.

And if you do cross a coyote, DO NOT FEED IT.

Feeding a coyote can be a death sentence for you: A coyote can lose its natural fear of us humans if you start treating it like one of the family.

If you do encounter a coyote, you should do everything you can to annoy it. Make loud noises, throw something at it, wave your arms. Show them who is boss.

Coyotes like to eat dogs, so keep your precious pups on leash at all times. They probably like small children as well, so keep them on leashes, too.

Best of luck!

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Erin Sherbert

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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