"Heads up! Two really big coyotes running around Pierce Rd and Palomino. 3pm Thursday...watch your pets!" was the post left on the Saratoga, CA Residents' Group Facebook page this morning.
Rishi Kumar, the administrator of the Facebook page, shared the warning with his email list to warn residents that the animals are roaming neighborhoods pretty close to Saratoga's downtown area.
The update was made on the page by Saratoga resident Pamela Bradley, a nail technician who lives at the Saratoga Springs Picnics and Campgrounds facility at 22801 Big Basin Way.
"They were very healthy and they were very big," she said, adding that she keeps her horse at Tiger Teerlink on Mount Eden Road where she visits every afternoon to feed the animal.
She said on such outings she takes her dogs with her, too, and is always on the lookout for something that might bother her canine friends. "I was driving home ... and I said, 'Oh my gosh, are those coyotes? They were out during the day hours, which is unusual. They normally stay in the woods and go out at night to do their feedings, but these were out in broad daylight."
Bradley said in the six years she's lived at Saratoga Springs, she's seen raccoons, deer, wild boar and turkeys in the area. "There are more houses now and more children and more pets and I just get so alarmed when I get a little closer to see these animals. It breaks my heart."
The other day, Bradley said, someone had left their dogs out and they were killing a deer on Big Basin Way and she said she stopped her car and was yelling at the animals and throwing sticks at them to get them to leave the deer alone. "That was almost downtown," she exclaimed.
Bradley said she regularly posts alerts on the Skyline Group at Yahoo and she's also a member of the Portola Valley Group. "We post everything. Saratoga should have a place where you can alert people about these things."
She also said the picnic and campground facility is just two miles from downtown Saratoga and she serves as its camp hostess.