A newspaper-stealing coyote

A coyote in San Francisco (yes, they’re there) was found to be the source of missing newspapers that had been delivered but disappeared. The deliveryman then observed the coyote playing with the purloined papers as if they were toys.

He managed to solve the problem, though, and guess how? Click on the headline to find out.

The thieving beast:

h/t: Su


  1. GBJames
    Posted February 7, 2018 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Wily Coyote, indeed!

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted February 7, 2018 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    That is a great story. And these would be the highest end coyotes ever living in the Presidio. Very high class coyotes to be sure, they are probably reading the San Francisco Chronicle.

  3. busterggi
    Posted February 7, 2018 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Now that was a reasonable person’s response.

  4. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted February 7, 2018 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    The article notes that many are in the Presidio. There are also several in Glen Canyon Park.

    Several months ago, when it was discovered that a mother coyote had just given birth to cubs in the Presidio, dog walking in that area was temporarily banned!!

  5. Serendipitydawg
    Posted February 7, 2018 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    I like his solution, that is class.

  6. rickflick
    Posted February 7, 2018 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Good story. Sadly though, there are people who consider coyotes as pests and…let’s just say they would not have opted for this non-lethal solution.

  7. David Fuqua
    Posted February 7, 2018 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    The coyote looks thin. Maybe someone could throw him a bone too.

  8. Randall Schenck
    Posted February 7, 2018 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    I give the coyotes credit for making their way to Presidio. They had to come from the south, up highway one, there is really no other way. The military closed up and turned this fantastic area over to the City and they have managed to avoid turning it into a cement jungle like the rest of San Francisco. Let’s hope the coyotes get to stay.

    • revelator60
      Posted February 8, 2018 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

      Some may have also crossed the Golden Gate Bridge at night!

      • Diane G.
        Posted February 8, 2018 at 2:07 pm | Permalink


  9. yazikus
    Posted February 7, 2018 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    I had the opportunity a few years back to hear a lecture from an Urban Coyote Specialist – it was fascinating. However, don’t feed the coyotes, that will likely end with them being euthanized.

  10. Rupinder Sayal
    Posted February 8, 2018 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    The delivery man is a genuine Mensch. Hats off to him for this lovely gesture!

  11. Diane G.
    Posted February 8, 2018 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    What a sweet story. A compassionate deliveryman and an animal at play!

    I like coyotes; I only wish they didn’t pose such a threat to small pets.

  12. Posted February 8, 2018 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    As an ex-paperboy (is that term still used?), I would have saved my copy from yesterday and given the coyote day old news.

  13. revelator60
    Posted February 8, 2018 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    I live in the Presidio and have encountered coyotes several times. I saw one near the Presidio golf course in broad daylight, and another in the parking lot of the Presidio YMCA at night. That particular coyote kept his distance and did not move until I walked past. I’ve also seen coyotes on 25th Avenue, which is very close to the Presidio — my guess is they use it to travel to Golden Gate Park.

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