Coyote Pupping Season Begins in The Presidio
While coyotes are seen year-round in the Presidio, spring signals the start of coyote pupping season, which typically extends to fall. This is when coyote parents are active around and protective of their den site.
As in recent years, we expect this year’s pups to be born in late March or early April and the den site to be located somewhere in the golf course.
As we begin pupping season, Presidio Trust has placed additional signs around the Presidio – especially along trails where coyotes have been active in previous years – to raise awareness about coyote pupping season.
To reduce the potential for coyote/dog conflict, on April 5, they’ll begin the seasonal trail closure to dog walking on sections of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and Park Trail where coyotes have been most active with their pups in previous years. This annual closure is temporary; they’ll reopen these trails to dog walking in the fall after pupping season ends.
All 24 miles of hiking trails in the Presidio are open to people – download the trail map to see alternative routes you can explore in the park.
Note: dogs must be on leash at all times in the park. If you encounter a coyote with your dog, the best course of action is to quickly leave the area. If the coyote follows, be assertive and aggressive (e.g. forcefully throw objects to scare, not harm) while continuing to walk quickly away. Do not run. Dog walkers should stay aware of their surroundings and carefully read posted signage.
Read more at Presidio Trust.