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by ilovepizza, Menlo Park,
on Jan 15, 2014
I have not seen the posters. What do they say? Are they in rural areas or downtown? If they were posted by a government agency, I would do what the signs say.
Coyotes are known to be active in the area (and have been for centuries), but mostly west of I-280. They do target small animals, so don't let your kids wander alone in areas where warning signs are posted.
I'd be much more concerned about off-leash domestic dogs.
The population of urban interface coyotes has skyrocketed in the last 10 years. Urban interface meaning that they no longer only reside in rural areas. The persistent drought is partially to blame. Natural water sources are drying up, so rodents are venturing into urban area in search of water and food, and the predictors follow their prey. The coyotes have less and less predation from natural enemies, hunters and poachers. Their breeding is constant, so with all the factors, their population grows and their fear of humans go down.
The best things to do to discourage their presence is to keep pets indoors where possible, keep food and water sources indoors where possible, and remove other sources that would attract rodents.
Unlike domestic dogs, female coyotes come I to season only once per year, in April-August.
Is this what this bizarre post about? Maybe a better written post containing real info would've helped.
BTW, the phone number listed on the warning sign is for Palo Alto Animal Services, not Peninsula Humane Society's Animal Control. Remember, Palo Alto is a tiny shelter, and they don't even have dart guns. On the upside, there's a good chance they'll be closer by, and Officer Warrior knows a good deal about coyotes.
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