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Press Release: Coyote Removed from GG Park After Charging Toddlers

Coyote Removed from Golden Gate Park After Charging Toddlers

:From San Francisco Animal Care & Control

Federal officials from Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) / U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services today lethally removed a coyote that had been exhibiting aggressive behavior patterns by charging toddlers on five occasions in the San Francisco Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park. Officials from San Francisco Animal Care & Control and San Francisco Recreation & Park Department, alarmed and concerned by the coyote’s escalating behavior, called in wildlife experts to evaluate the situation. Federal officials acted after determining the coyote had become a serious threat to public safety.       

The coyote had been consistently and illegally fed by people and had lost its natural fear of humans. These situations can become dangerous when wild animals rely on people for easy handouts. Despite constant reminders on the dangers of feeding wildlife, and the penalties for doing so, people continued to feed this coyote. Feeding wild animals is illegal and anyone caught could face fines and/or jail time.

“Public safety is of the utmost importance to our agency” said Virginia Donohue, Executive Director of Animal Care & Control. “It saddens us that this outcome was 100 percent caused by humans feeding and befriending this animal. We implore people to stop feeding wild animals.”

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