Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Aggressive coyotes at Arastradero

Coyotes, most likely protecting pups, have reportedly acted aggressively towards dogs at Pearson-Arastradero Preserve in Palo Alto. Palo Alto Open Space has temporarily closed Woodland Star, Bay Laurel, Ohlone and part of the de Anza trails to dogs. The district reports no horses or hikers have been threatened.

Here are some tips from Palo Alto about coyotes and safety:

"• Be aware that coyotes are more active in the spring, when feeding and protecting their young

Do Not attempt to approach the animal

Do Not try to feed or attempt to tame the animal

Do Keep children close to you

If followed, make loud noises. If this fails, throw rocks.

Fight back if attacked"

View map of closures here.
Read about Arastradero hiking trails here.


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Jaguar Dealer San Francisco said...

Coyotes are pretty scary but not as bad as bears though. I didn't know we were supposed to throw rocks if attacked, thanks for the tip.

Anonymous said...

Hence the pistol I carry.

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It's disconcerting to hear about aggressive coyote behavior in public spaces such as Arastradero Preserve. As the article highlights, coyotes are a vital dyson hoover problems part of our ecosystem and are generally not aggressive towards humans. However, encountering an aggressive coyote can be dangerous, and it's important to take the necessary precautions to prevent any harm.

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