A recent number of coyote sightings in part of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park have caused officials to close certain trails.

San Francisco Animal Care and Control officials said that some trails have been closed in the area of John F. Kennedy Drive, between Middle Lake and North Lake, near the bison paddock.

Officials made the recommendation to close the trails to the Recreation and Park Department after receiving reports of coyotes following people walking dogs and approaching off-leash dogs.

The trails are expected to remain closed until the end of coyote pupping season in early August, although they could reopen earlier.

Animal Care and Control officials are warning dog owners to keep their pets on leash and to stay out of the area if at all possible. They also want to remind people that it is illegal to feed coyotes or to harass them.



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