In one San Francisco neighborhood, residents were complaining about not getting their copy of the San Francisco Chronicle. The paper boy was perplexed as he never missed a house on his route. Well, the mystery went unsolved until one morning when he saw something quite unexpected…
Here’s the scoop per Mother Nature Network:
It’s not uncommon to hear about city residents running into conflicts with urban coyotes. Usually it’s because of run-ins with pets, or coyotes getting too close for comfort around people in parks or yards. But sometimes a conflict arises for more surprising reasons.
[The paper boy] started getting calls from upset clients that their paper wasn’t being delivered, but he knew full well he had delivered one to their doorstep.
One morning he watched as the neighborhood coyote played with a newspaper on a grassy hillside. He videoed her tossing the paper up in the air, sliding down the hillside on it, and running around with pages flapping from her mouth. It turns out she was repeatedly stealing papers off of certain porches shortly after he delivered them, just to play!
Rather than get mad, the delivery man’s solution was to throw out a paper just for her, launching it onto the grassy hillside she frequented before she had a chance to nip one from a front porch. She had her morning toy, and he stayed out of trouble with his clients.
San Francisco’s coyotes are only just now being studied, and a small population living in the Presidio have been radio-collared for monitoring. Many other cities also have new or ongoing studies of urban coyotes. As the wily canids become permanent residents of cities across the continent, learning more about them is a critical step in finding solutions to coexisting with them.
For one newspaper man, at least, that coexistence comes at an affordable price: an extra copy of the daily.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle:
“Coyotes are native to California and were once plentiful in the vast sand dunes that used to cover San Francisco, according to historical and fossil records. An article in the Daily Alta California on Sept. 15, 1860, told about a coyote that sneaked into the city and ran off with a hen.”
So it just goes to show that our furry, four-legged friends have been in California just as long as we have… And they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.
Would you share your newspaper with a coyote?