Our Animal Control Officers often pick up injured birds including pigeons, prey birds, and sea birds which are sent to rehabilitation facilities. This little bird is a falcon that was picked up in San Francisco – notice the sharp beak and talons! Fun fact: Falcons have superb eyesight and can see almost 8x more clearly than humans! Their sharp eyesight combined with their sharp beak and talons allow falcons to be fantastic hunters. Falcons typically nest on very high rooftops. Check out this nesting pair via the Peregrine cam on the U.C. Berkeley campanile.
Nearly everyone has seen squirrels burying food, but you may actually be seeing pretend burying! Squirrels have been observed “deceptive caching” which means they pretend to dig a hole and bury their nut but don’t actually put their nut in the hole. This helps to deter thieves. Pretty smart! Squirrels have great memories that allow them to later recover nuts they’ve previously buried, and any uncollected nuts turn into trees!
San Francisco Rescued Orphan Mammal Program is the only nonprofit rescue organization in San Francisco that helps provide care to the City’s injured and orphaned wild mammals with the goal of returning a healthy individual back to the wild for independence. SFROMP works with SFACC to help rehabilitate orphan baby squirrels like this one. Check out their website for a wealth of info, including how to tell if a baby bird or animal is orphaned.
Although the annual pupping season typically begins in the spring, defensive coyote behavior towards dogs may begin earlier. Keep cats indoors and dogs on leash in areas known to have coyotes. Visit our website to report sightings: www.sfanimalcare.org
Check out this Coyote Map showing the movements of one Presidio GPS-collared coyote in a 24-hr period. (Courtesy of the Presidio Trust). That’s a lot of movement!
A note about the Presidio Trust Coyote Research: With the assistance of urban wildlife managers and researchers across the country – including the National Park Service, United States Geological Survey, U.C. Davis, and the United States Department of Agriculture – the Presidio Trust has developed a monitoring program using modern technology to improve the management of coyotes within the Presidio. Our monitoring program began in spring 2016 and involves humanely capturing, tagging, health screening, and attaching temporary GPS collars to resident coyotes in the Presidio.
From the files of @OfficerEdith…”This gorgeous hawk has a lot of thanks to give after Officer Canez rescued her, checked her for injuries and sent her off to rehab. She’ll be terrorizing squirrels in no time (the hawk, not officer Canez, obviously).”
If you see an animal in distress, call ACC at (415) 554-9400. We’ll get them care and send them to rehab for recovery and release. If you find a baby squirrel or bird, and aren’t sure what to do, call us or SFROMP at 415-350-WILD (9453). Our San Rafael partner, Wildcare, has great tips for knowing whether an animal needs help and whether to intervene…or not.
Co-existing with coyotes
There have been numerous sightings of coyotes around San Francisco. Many neighborhoods are experiencing a high number of observations as young coyotes disperse.
Important safety precautions:
1. Keep cats indoors.
2. Walk your dog on a 6-ft. leash.
3. Avoid areas known to have coyote activity, especially during breeding and pupping season.
4. Stick to trails and open paths. If a coyote approaches you and your dog: Pick up your dog and leave the area. Do not run.
5. Coyotes will observe and sometimes follow dogs on walks, out of curiosity, not aggression. If the coyote is too close for comfort, haze. Stomp your feet, yell, blow a whistle; anything to startle the coyote away and keep them naturally wary of humans.
6. Avoid walking your dog at sunrise and sunset hours. Coyotes are naturally active during the day, though urban coyotes usually switch to nocturnal behavior.
7. Never feed a coyote. If you are aware that someone is feeding coyotes, please call Animal Care & Control.
8. Call Animal Control @ 415-554-9400 if a coyote is being aggressive or is in distress.
9. Report observations on the SFACC website. Read More…