Golden Gate State Park, San Francisco
I was invited on an outing to look for coyotes in Golden Gate Park early this morning. We had been coming up empty for an hour or so when growling and snarling in a thicket right next to the path revealed a coyote dispute to be in progress. A youngster from a previous litter, it seems, was being told to beat it and chased off. One of the adults circled back a few times to keep an eye on things. The whole thing went down mere yards from the many walkers, runners, and cyclists enjoying the park. Besides the two of us, nobody gave the coyotes a second glance, if they noticed them at all.
I had traveled to San Francisco to present a paper titled "There Goes the Neighborhood: Urban Coyotes and the Politics of Wildlife," co-authored with the awesome Teresa Lloro-Bidart, at the Western Political Science Association annual meeting, and to accept the Association's award for the Best Paper on Environmental Political Theory for a paper I wrote last year, "Green Infrastructure and Urban Wildlife: From Animal Control to Shared Existence?" It's been a thrilling week intellectually, and to be able to top it off with an image like this makes it even more special.