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CNPS Yerba Buena Speaker program: San Francisco Coyotes, with Jonathan Young
San Francisco Coyotes
Speaker: Jonathan Young
The urban coyote is a 21st century phenomenon that is steadily expanding across North America and after an absence of more than half a century became re-established in San Francisco in the early 2000s. The coyote is a cultural paradox that is both loved and hated, embraced and feared, protected and persecuted. In the face of over a century of attempted eradication across their range this adaptable and highly intelligent creature is now thriving in our tiny metropolis. These ghost dogs go unnoticed by most, but their presence can provoke tense controversy and conflict, both perceived and real. With societal trends moving away from hunting and towards animal welfare, city ordinances against trapping and poisoning, and state laws banning their relocation, coexistence is the only realistic modern solution. Coexistence is a complex proactive concept that not only requires informed management of coyotes, but most importantly management of the human dimension. In this presentation Jonathan will describe his experience and role in managing and monitoring Presidio coyotes. We will explore their dramatic stories, shed light on their stealthy lives, and discuss their important ecological role within the context of the Presidio and beyond. This presentation will also discuss the dynamics of human-coyote conflict and how the Presidio Trust promotes coexistence.

May 6, 2021 07:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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