A coyote in San Francisco is in his “couch potato” phase.
On Friday, the creature shocked an unsuspecting resident by pausing to rest on their outdoor furniture, according to Animal Care & Control San Francisco (SFACC) on X (previously known as Twitter).
Friday Field Notes: Coyote on a Couch. Officer Mullen encouraged this sleepy coyote couch potato to move along and find a more coyote-appropriate (but less comfy) place to sleep. He listened and followed her advice. #Coyotes #animalcontrol #wildlife #couchcoyote pic.twitter.com/hIm2LnioSs— SF Animal Care & Control (@SFACC) November 3, 2023
Officer Mullen, an SFACC employee, “encouraged this sleepy coyote couch potato to move along and find a more coyote-appropriate (but less comfy) place to sleep,” according to the article. “He listened and followed her advice.”
In a Facebook post published by Mullen on Friday, the San Francisco animal rescue revealed further information about the unwitting homeowner and drowsy coyote.
“Earlier this week I was called out to a residence to check on one of my favorite species of San Francisco urban wildlife, a coyote,” the police officer said in his report.
The residents’ daily routine was upset, according to Mullen, when they awoke to a “beautiful coyote asleep on their outdoor couch furniture.”
“The animal was reluctant to move when the resident approached,” Mullen stated.
The shelter’s images show the coyote curled up on an outside couch, soaking in the sun. In one photo, it looks to be asleep, while in another, it seems to have awoken and is looking up at something off-camera.
The resident called SFACC, thinking the critter was wounded or ill, and Mullen, who was already in the vicinity, was summoned to the scene.
“I arrived and made contact with the resident who took me to their backyard and showed me the coyote who was comfortably resting on a couch in their outdoor patio,” the police officer stated in his report.
“I approached the coyote and started talking to him, telling him that it was time to get up,” she said. “He looked at me, got up, stretched, and walked to the edge of the yard.” He was moving normally and didn’t seem to be unwell or injured.”
According to Mullen, the resident’s residence was encircled by a “woodland area,” and when told to leave, the coyote “hopped on over the wall and made his way through the brush.”
Friday Field Notes with Officer Mullen: Earlier this week I was called out to a residence to check on one of my favorite…Posted by Animal Care & Control San Francisco on Friday, 3 November 2023
The shelter also posted pictures of the coyote’s escape. In the photos, the animal has left its comfortable sunbathing location and looks to be leaving the house.
He said that the coyote appeared like a young healthy male that was likely just kicked out of his den and was attempting to make his way through the city.
SFACC also included some background information regarding coyotes in the California city in the “Friday Field Notes” post, and advised anybody “concerned about a sick or injured coyote” to call its dispatch.
“Thank you for helping us keep this population healthy and thriving in our urban jungle,” the message went on to say.
The shelter’s website has further information regarding coyotes, including what to do if you come across one.
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