What to do if you see a coyote on the American River Parkway

That ain’t no dog


Views from the parkway.

City Editor Jordan here. It wasn’t until this weekend that I learned there are coyotes on the American River Parkway — through a firsthand experience when one trotted across the path in front of me and my dog.

If you see one of these local canines — which are apparently fairly common — make sure to follow these tips from the American River Parkway Foundation:

  • Don’t approach it (honestly, can’t believe this needs to be said).
  • Don’t run — this may trigger a predator-prey instinct in the animal, so instead wave your arms and make loud noises.
  • Keep your dog on a leash — the coyote may see it as competition, or even food if it’s small enough.
  • Don’t leave kids or pets unattended (this is just pretty good advice in general for walking along the parkway).
  • If you see a coyote that’s acting aggressive, call park rangers at 311.
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