Called to a home where the resident found the fantastic beast asleep on patio cushions, San Francisco Animal Care & Control Officer Laura Mullen arrived to see the coyote still chilling the day away.
“I approached the coyote and started talking to him, telling him that it was time to get up,” she wrote in a Facebook entry on Friday. “He looked at me, got up, took a big stretch and made his way to the edge of the yard. He was moving appropriately and did not appear sick or injured. The yard was on the edge of a woodland area and he hopped on over the wall and made his way through the brush.”
Mullen said the male coyote appeared to be a healthy yearling who was likely looking for a mate to establish a den of its own.
An estimated 100 coyotes live in San Francisco, she wrote, and their presence helps to keep the rodent population in check.
This majestic canine found a place to crash in the upscale Russian Hill neighborhood, SFGate reported, so we know at least one coyote has an innate sense of local real estate values.
“This one is a first, and our animal control officers have seen pretty much everything,” agency spokesperson Deb Campbell told the outlet.
Here are other photos of coyotes in or near places where humans live.