A sign in Golden Gate Park on July 17, 2019 warns that coyotes have recently been seen in the area.

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Pet Owners Warned As Coyote Attacks Increase

Matt Bigler
July 17, 2019 - 12:27 pm

SAN FRANCISCO — Signs are up in Golden Gate Park and other parks that warn about the presence of coyotes in the area.

The warnings come as coyote attacks on pets have increased across the state. 

The problem was evident three weeks ago when an off-leash Chihuahua was dragged off and killed by two coyotes in San Francisco. 

Some pet owners have called for trapping and euthanizing the wild dogs.

Rebecca Prieto who was walking her pit bull mix said she doesn't think that's the proper solution to the problem. 

"Don't leave your dogs and cats out to run wild in the Presidio," she said. "I mean there are signs everywhere not to leave your dogs off leash."

She added that people should do more to lock up their garbage to reduce the food that's available for coyotes. Some cities, in fact, are considering fining residents for feeding coyotes.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says killing coyotes often makes the problem worse because the next alpha male will move into the area and mate with a female producing even more pups.