In a more lighthearted turn of events, wild coyotes seem to have taken over the barren streets of San Francisco.
Over the past few weeks, American cities have become ghost towns of sorts as businesses shut down, traffic slows, and travel has come to a halt.
This has left the streets noticeably empty, and some of our four legged friends have taken it upon themselves to do some exploring of their own.
— manishkumar (@manishkumar457) March 23, 2020
There have been several viral stories about animals using the new empty streets to explore; boars in Barcelona, sheep in Italy, and dolphins in the canals of Venice have all been spotted roaming the streets.
According to an SFGate reader, “Jane, an SFGate reader, spotted coyotes this week at Twin Peaks and told us that she’s, “never seen one at Twin Peaks (and I’ve literally been there hundreds of times).
La espectacular imagen de un coyote sobre el puente Golden Gate, en San Francisco. La llegada de animales salvajes a las ciudades desiertas es un hecho #COVID2019 #QuedateEnTuCasa #COVID19 #LugaresyMás pic.twitter.com/7rTpKbt7W2
— Lugares y Más (@_LugaresyMas) March 25, 2020
I think they’re feeling free to roam given the general lack of traffic.”.
According to KQED, coyotes are native to California but went nearly extinct in the 1940’s as people began to put a poison called Compound on their properties to keep them away.
I went for a walk for fresh air and a group of women called out to me. And omg, they had spotted a pack of sleeping coyotes in the middle of (usually busy) San Francisco. pic.twitter.com/NNdG3dcs2Q
— Christina Farr (@chrissyfarr) March 20, 2020
One single canine was spotted in 2002, but there have been very few reported cases since then. Today, they are boldly roaming the streets and taking the city over themselves!