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This Hawk Will Probably Die Soon. Here's Why.

This is a story of how a seemingly great urban wildlife encounter can turn rather depressing. Yesterday morning I was walking by the parking lot of the big Safeway in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood and I considered myself pretty lucky when a red-tailed hawk swooped down right in front of me. It landed at the foot of a tree and immediately came back up with a little mouse in its talons. Apparently unfazed by shoppers and passersby just a few feet away -indicating that this was a routine action- it sat on a fence and started to eat the mouse. After a few minutes, the mouse was gone and the hawk returned to its perch on top of a utility pole.

I was quite excited about this unexpected encounter in front of me and my camera. It was a perfect example of urban wildlife displaying natural behavior without resorting to eating trash or food provided by people. Upon closer inspection though, it turned out things weren't so great...

Telegraph Hill’s Frequently Sighted Coyote Can Teach Us a Lesson

On Monday, a KPIX reporter published a sighting that many Telegraph Hill residents have been familiar with for a few months now: A coyote roaming around Coit Tower, seemingly not intimidated by human presence.

Coyotes have been present on Telegraph hill even before this healthy looking young female appeared, but sightings were rare. Coyotes are naturally wary of people and when they share an environment with us they are mostly active at dusk and dawn. They are masters at laying low and when they hide during the day you simply don’t get to see them.

So what happened to this coyote that altered her behavior?

The Majority Of Mountain Lions Are After Your Beloved Pets. Or Are They?

"Study finds mountain lions are feasting on pets" says the worrisome headline above the Chronicle's Tom Stienstra's article in SFGate this weekend. In it he shares how the Department of Fish and Wildlife shared with him a study that "had not been released to the public". The results of the study were shocking: 52% of 107 mountain lions killed under depredation licenses were found to have cats and dogs in their stomachs!

But wait, is that really true?