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Coyote spotted in Old Palo Alto

Animal services officials remind residents to keep small pets indoors

Old Palo Alto residents are warning their neighbors to keep pets indoors after a coyote was spotted running through the neighborhood last week.

Two residents spotted the coyote in their upscale neighborhood on Santa Rita Avenue between Waverley and Webster streets on Dec. 3 at 9:30 a.m. and 10 p.m., including Jeanne Fleming.

"At around 9:30, I did indeed see a coyote loping down the middle of Santa Rita in the block between Cowper and Webster," she wrote in an email.

"We don't want to lose any of the dogs and cats — or chickens — in the neighborhood," she added.

With the drought still plaguing the foothills and affecting wildlife habitat, some predators may be following prey down the creek in search of food, Palo Alto Animal Services officials said.

Officers have received a few calls about the Santa Rita coyote, said Cody Macartney, lead animal control officer, but they have not seen it and cannot confirm that it is indeed a coyote.

"It may be a dog or fox," he said. "We usually see the most coyote activity in the spring and summertime, so this is a tad unusual."

Macartney reminded residents to "keep all small pets indoors, especially at night."

Residents can call 650-329-2413 to report a coyote sighting, he said.

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4 people like this
Posted by Mimm
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 11, 2015 at 10:27 am

I saw it. It's a coyote. No doubt.

4 people like this
Posted by David
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 11, 2015 at 10:42 am

Don't leave pet food outside, secure garbage and clean up fallen fruit from trees. The biggest reason they are coming into residential neighborhoods is convenience rather than necessity. There is still plenty of natural food and water in the open space areas. If you don't make it welcoming for the coyotes, they will go back into the foothills.

4 people like this
Posted by lindaloo
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 11, 2015 at 11:16 am

I believe it.

About two weeks ago I heard a coyote yipping at about 4:00 am. It was during the very cold weather; at first I thought it was a drunken human making silly noises but then I recognized the sound from all the years I lived in the foothills.

This was just over the Palo Alto/Los Altos border in Mountain View.

2 people like this
Posted by Urban Forest
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 11, 2015 at 12:26 pm


13 people like this
Posted by radar
a resident of another community
on Dec 11, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Please keep this quiet or the South of Oregon folks will demand their own coyote

4 people like this
Posted by Cool Coyote
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 11, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Was his name WILEY?

2 people like this
Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 12, 2015 at 2:09 pm

(meep meep)

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Posted by lindaloo
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 21, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Heard him again last night at about 1 am. I think he's become our local coyote. Sorry PA!

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