Two 'Large' Coyotes Spotted on Saratoga's Pierce Road

Animals were seen in broad daylight Thursday afternoon; resident urges those with pets to be on the lookout.

"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.

a. austin January 11, 2013 at 10:43 PM
The animals in the pictures are very different looking. There are a lot of "dog pets" in this community that are crosses between wolves and dogs and also husky or malamute type crosses that can look wolf-like. The combinations can even look coyote-like. Some people allow these pets to run loose, especially in the hills. I, myself had to pull my cat out of a redwood in downtown Los Gatos last year when it was balling in a way I had never heard before. Redwoods are not easy for cat claws to dig into as the bark gives way and they slide back down again. The coyote-looking animal did not want to leave as if I had not appeared, he had a meal about to slide into his jaws. He circled me several times at a distance, wondering if he could snatch the cat from me, and then loped on his way. People wonder why there are more coyotes in town. Have you noticed the development of properties in the area, especially in the hills of Saratoga. It used to be that horses and their riders had more wilderness pathways that were linked and the big cats and the coyotes did too. The home properties of the old people in this community had wild areas where deer could be found.
a. austin January 11, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Now, so many homes have cobblestone yards and driveways, big high stone or iron fences, and a few low-maintenance bushes. Nothing for the wildlife. Where are they to go? What are they to eat? I am pretty sure the old people didn't expect not to lose a cat occasionally either. I love my cat and don't want him to die this way but he would hate being indoors and I am not willing to contribute to the death of wildlife for his sake. On another note, a skunk family we had come to love and live with near our home was trapped by an organization that purported to have an animal psychologist in the company. There is one animal psychologist for the whole country to see that the animals are treated humanely. Now there is a much sicklier but much larger skunk in the neighbourhood. We are killing out genetic diversity and good health from our wildlife population. We are getting rid of nature, both plant-wise and animal-wise. Please consider this when you develop your property. Even the bird population was significantly smaller the past two springs. I miss my four am. wake-up call. Perhaps a wider problem is involved, but we need to be aware of these things. And we need to educate new property owners to consider them when they move into the community. Afterall, what is the reason they come here in the first place: Nature must surely be a part of it.
LY January 12, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Recently a neighbor'ss dog was killed by what is assumed to be a coyote along Saratoga Creek between Cox and Prospect.
Susan January 12, 2013 at 04:32 AM
People living in or close to the foothills must realize that their pets are not safe left alone outside, ever. In defense of the coyotes, they play an important role in a thriving ecosystem, keeping rodents in check, preventing them and other animals from feasting on bird eggs. "8 Coyote Safety Tips - To let coyotes be wild while keeping yourself and pets safe, please follow these pointers: • Never feed coyotes—it is illegal to feed coyotes in most places. Feeding endangers your family and neighbors as it lures coyotes into neighborhoods. • Keep unattended cats and dogs indoors or in completely enclosed runs, especially at night, and do not assume that a fence will keep a coyote out of your back yard. • Accompany your leashed pet outside. Make sure you turn on lights if it is dark to check your back yard for unexpected wildlife. • Keep dogs on short leashes while walking outside; the Division of Wildlife recommends a leash no longer than 6 feet. • Leave noisemakers on hand to scare away coyotes that may enter your yard, such as whistles and horns. • Don’t run away or turn your back on a coyote. • Do not allow a coyote to get in between you and your pet or child—keep children close to you. • Yell, clap hands, blow a whistle and try to make yourself look larger if you have a close encounter with a coyote." More: http://www.active.com/outdoors/articles/Coyote-Safety-Tips


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