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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