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Coyote Caught on Camera in El Cerrito – Visits Site of Shadi Display

Reader Kevin Proctor sent us these iPhone photos of what looks exactly like a coyote perched on a rock Thursday next to Moeser Lane where the annual Shadi Holiday Display goes up every December. He said it's a coyote, and it looks like one to us.

Thanks to reader Kevin Proctor for these photos taken Thursday with his iPhone of what appears to be a coyote perched alertly on a rock in the open space next to Moeser Lane in El Cerrito.

He took them about 7:45 a.m. Thursday near the intersection of Moeser and Sea View Drive in the open space where the annual Shadi Holiday Display is set out each December.

Asked by a Patch editor via email what convinced him that it was a coyote, Proctor replied, "I'm positive this is one based on its gait, posture, shape of its ears, snout and tail (black mark on tail too)."

Proctor is an El Cerrito artist and landscape architect whose art exhibitions at the City Hall Gallery Space and at Elevation 66 were covered in Patch.

In a column on Patch last year, former El Cerrito Mayor Rich Bartke reported seeing coyotes on several occasions in the hilly parts of town.

Have you seen coyotes in El Cerrito? Tell us in the comments section.

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Lynn Starrs January 12, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Please please keep your cats inside--the local bird and reptile populations will thank you. Studies have shown that there are more birds and more reptiles when coyotes are around, so I am glad to see this guy. I would not be so happy if I had sheep or chickens--better lock those up at night too.
julian January 12, 2013 at 03:52 PM
We do have a natural way of keeping the deer population in control, they're called mountain lions. I have seen evidence of several freshly killed deer in my frequent walks along El Cerrito's Hillside Trail.
Jeannie Koops-Elson January 24, 2013 at 04:52 AM
We have seen a coyote in our yard twice in the past two weeks (on Sunday, January 13 about 8:30am and Friday the 18th at 9am). We live on Contra Costa near Moeser. It is distinctly a coyote and about twice as big as the foxes we've seen in the yard. It was most recently spotted chasing one of our few remaining chickens up the property. I think it probably accounts for our recent chicken attrition. :(
Toni Mayer February 13, 2013 at 08:14 PM
We heard the coyote Monday night and my husband saw it crossing Shevlin heading toward the Hillside Nature Area last night around 8:30 as he was driving home from Berkeley.
EK July 29, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Just saw one today on Colusa!

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