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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Paul January 11, 2013 at 02:57 PM
There is more than one that regularly frequents that area. There are also some foxes nearby. Good for rodent control.
John B. January 11, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Excellent! That being said, I'd keep my cats or smallish dogs in at night!
Julianne January 11, 2013 at 05:59 PM
I've seen a fox or two near the nature hillside area... and on our porch! We live near by.
Mark Kay January 11, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Nice! Now if we only had a predator for the overpopulated deer in my neighborhood....
Kerri January 11, 2013 at 09:40 PM
I've seen that coyote several times in that exact area. Be warned dog owners, they will get your dog to chase them alone and then into a pack and could hurt them. Best to put your dog on a leash in that area if you see one.
Sharon Elsenpeter Russell January 11, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Keep your animals inside at night. I grew up in E.C. and now live in NE. I remember there being a bounty on them, here, in the 40's and 50's. For city folks they are pretty neat, for country folks, not so much...and Shadi's display? I'm glad the livestock are not real.
Susan January 11, 2013 at 11:44 PM
and keep your cats inside!
chrisrus January 12, 2013 at 06:35 AM
The Google maps streetview picture of this location shows, if one turns around, two young schoolboys. Skyview shows it to be in a basically residential area, one that typically includes young families. It is about two blocks away from a preschool named "Sycamore". This coyote shouldn't be out in the daytime in such an area. Hopefully he and any others have moved on. Everyone there should be alert and educate themselves as to when experts recommend calling in a licenced trapper. We're all just going to have to leave the rodent control to the foxes, birds of prey, cats, and so on. We don't need Coyotes, who are not a part of this native ecosystem - they are from the Great Plains - and too dangerous to live happily near.
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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