Hey San Francisco pet owners! Keep your cats and dogs inside/on-leash or coyotes will eat them!  »

Your daily pissed-off PSA: San Francisco is full of urban wildlife, and that means coyotes. If you have a cat or a dog, then do everyone a favor and KEEP THEM INDOORS or on-leash. Cats and dogs who roam free are at risk of meeting and getting killed by coyotes. This isn’t just bad for your pets, but bad for the coyotes, too, who get killed when efforts to coexist with them fail. As reported yesterday in the San Francisco Chronicle (and SF Appeal):

A coyote killed a cat early this morning in an unexpected spot, San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood, said the pet’s grieving owner.

Melissa Dunn said her husband let out the couple’s 2-year-old black cat, Ulubulu, at about 5:30 a.m. An hour and a half later, the male cat was found dead in bushes about 15 feet from the front door.

Dunn said she was sure a coyote had killed her cat because her husband and the couple’s gardener spotted the canine.

San Francisco is native territory for coyotes, but when they tangle with us and our furry familiars, residents demand that they get “dealt with.” If stubborn coyotes refuse to leave their territory, the next step is to dispatch people with guns. So for the sake of the coyotes, keep your pets away from wildlife! It’s seriously not that hard.

And if you haven’t already seen it, now is a good time to watch San Francisco: Still Wild at Heart, a 30-minute documentary about urban coyotes and other wildlife in our city.

Photo credit: Daily Coyote—an example of what WON’T happen if your cat meets up with a coyote unless they were raised together as kitten/pup and goddamn interspecies snuggling is so adorable that it’s almost too painful to look at!!!! UGH KILL ME NOW!

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