Coyotes are an increasingly visible fact of life in many San Francisco neighborhoods, often straying well beyond protected parklands and inspiring both awe and fear in residents.
Wildlife researchers estimate that about a dozen coyotes live in the country's second-most densely populated major city, which is surrounded by water on three sides.
The city's Animal Care and Control agency says reports of coyote attacks on humans are virtually nonexistent, but they have been known to chase unleashed dogs and prey upon the occasional cat.
The animals have made some enemies _ mainly those who view them as a hazard to pets and children.
But advocates say coyotes are misunderstood creatures that add a thrilling taste of the wild to the urban landscape.