July 11, 2000
By John Sanford
Forum to address coyote incedents
Recent sightings have residents worried
RAMON -- Recent coyote sightings and incidents in the area have
prompted the city of San Ramon and a San Mateo-based organization to
organize a community meeting for Thursday .
officials contacted a federal wildlife specialist following two
separate coyote encounters in May at Dougherty Hills Park, a city park
that comprises about 90 acres of undeveloped land to the east of
Stagecoach Road and to the north of Amador Valley Boulevard, officials
Dublin put up coyote warning signs at the park. The
specialist located a coyote denning site just inside the San Ramon city
Thursday's forum will be an opportunity for residents to learn about coyote ecology and behavior.
speakers scheduled to appear at Thursday's event are Jim Nee, an
agricultural inspector with Santa Cruz County and certified wildlife
biologist; Camilla Fox, a wildlife manager with the Animal Protection
Institute of Sacramento; and Mary A. Paglieri, founder of the San
Mateo-based Little Blue Society, which aims to manage conflicts between
humans and wildlife through public education.
Rick Parmer, a
supervising naturalist with the state Department of Fish and Game, said
that, in general, Bay Area coyote populations have been on the rise.
The wild canines have no real predators and the recent wet years have been a boon for coyote prey, such as rodents, he said.
running up against open space in the Valley also have provided the
coyotes with new food sources, such as pet cats, Parmer said.
coyote attacks on humans are extremely rare and usually stem from a
human action, such as trying to feed the coyotes, he said.
Here are a few tips for dealing with coyotes:
Don't leave young children unattended in areas known to be frequented by coyotes, even in the yards of homes.
Keep pets indoors; large dogs should be brought in after dark.
coyotes become denizens of an area where humans live, let them know
they're unwelcome by yelling, throwing rocks at them or spraying them
Never feed coyotes.
If a coyote is seen
acting in an aggressive manner or attacking humans, contact the Central
Coast office of the state Department of Fish and Game at (707) 944-5500
during business hours -- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. If an
encounter or attack occurs after business hours, contact the
department's 24-hour dispatch center at (916) 445-0045.
informational meeting on coyotes is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m.
Thursday, July 13, in the Fountain Room of the San Ramon Community
Center, 12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon.