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San Francisco authorities seek help identifying woman who fed coyotes

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Animal care and control authorities in San Francisco are asking for residents’ help identifying a woman who fed raw meat to coyotes.

San Francisco Animal Care and Control were able to take a photo of the woman, who is shown seated on grass with what looks like raw meat at the city’s Bernal Heights Park, local station KRON4 reported.

“We have not been able to find her and we’re hoping that somebody in the public can tell us who she is, so we can reach out to her and get her to stop doing this,” said Virginia Donohue, executive director at the city’s Animal Care & Control, according to ABC7 News.

Officials say that it encourages coyotes to be less afraid of people, enabling them to feel bolder around humans. It’s also illegal to feed a coyote, and those caught in the act could face a fine of up to $1,000, KRON4 noted.

“Feeding coyotes and any wildlife, makes the wildlife lose their natural wariness. They begin to see people as a source of food,” Donohue, said, according to FOX 11 Los Angeles. 

Authorities point to a coyote that was routinely spotted going up to young children at the San Francisco Botanical Garden and was subsequently euthanized since it posed a safety risk, the local Fox affiliate noted.

Donohue said that coyotes do not suffer from a lack of food and should not be relying on humans for it.

“The coyotes don’t need help. There is plenty of food around. They don’t need you to serve dinner,” she said, according to KRON4.

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