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In 2014, San Francisco officials estimated there were about 15 coyotes in the city. Now SF Recreation and Park Dept rangers see coyotes so often that “there’s no way we can estimate how many there are.” (Raymond Falzon, SFRPD dispatcher). Tom Stienstra, SF Chron outdoors writer, counts the coyote population “as large as 100.”

I have seen ‘coyote awareness’ paper fliers and sturdy sandwich boards dotting the SF landscape since March. If a coyote approaches, one is advised to:
• Appear as ‘aggressive’ as possible
• Shout and make yourself ‘look big’
• Throw small objects (to scare, not injure)

Additionally, “do not turn your back and run.”

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