Coyote Spotted Near the N. Concord Ball Fields on Willow Pass & Olivera

July 5, 2014 18:00 pm · 53 comments


Can you see it? This coyote was spotted this week near Willow Pass Rd. & Olivera Rd. in Concord, near the ball fields.

If you have outside pets in the area, be careful.

Thanks to Ron for the picture!

Marianne July 5, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Thank you, Ron
These coyotes are no joke, they ate my pet cat. Please be wary of your outdoor animals.

Killjoy July 5, 2014 at 6:46 PM

I saw it last week right next to the fence for Pixieland. I pulled over to grab a photo, but it had ran away. It looks like it has a territory.

94598 July 5, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Bonilla or DeSaulnier should sponsor a bill- No coyotes on or near ball fields

Walnut Creek Resident July 5, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Wuff wuff!

Kristen July 5, 2014 at 8:33 PM

I Seen one before a while back same place next to pixieland on the other side of the fence across the street. It was Really skinny and it had missing patches of hair creepy looking too…

Grumpy Old Man July 5, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Awesome critter! Give them respect, keep your pets indoors and I think we all win!

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 5, 2014 at 10:07 PM

in the words of Archie Bunker, whoop de doo.

Dr. Jellyfinger® July 5, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Doesn’t look “spotted” to me….. just brown & grey.

Meemo July 5, 2014 at 10:16 PM

There are several up near (and sometimes in) the Ridgeview neighborhood of Pleasant Hill, and it sounds like they might have a few pups.

itsme July 5, 2014 at 10:19 PM

I saw one last week pretty close to the fence across from the community center.

Antler July 5, 2014 at 10:21 PM

I was going to write that it probably is thirsty. But then there is a small lake near Pixieland area, isn’t there? Or did they drain that lake? (That area is not on any of my errand loops.)

See how beautifully it blends into the dead grass and dry weed stalks! From the stance, my guess is it’s waiting for a ground squirrel or mouse to move. Nice catch, Ron! And the warning about keeping small pets confined is excellent, too.

Duck July 5, 2014 at 10:25 PM

I hate to say it but I will…………it’s your fault your cat got eaten .
Cats should not be allowed to roam free to crap in other peoples gardens and lawns. Much like dogs should be leashed , kenneled or confined to the backyard or in the house.

Can anyone tell me why I need a License for my dog and not for my cat ?

Anyone ?

@Duck July 5, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Why should I have to license my dog?

@duck July 5, 2014 at 11:11 PM

My cats are licensed. You only have to license them once. If you adopt from a shelter or organization licensing is part of the process. If you get from craigslist or a friend that’s on you to take care of it.

And, where are you seeing dogs roaming around? Or do you just like complaining?

Carol July 5, 2014 at 11:37 PM

I saw the one Kristen (#5) mentions back at the end of May. I was driving past Pixie and it walked across Olivera towards the housing. I couldn’t figure out what it was since it seemed to not have any hair. It was actually creepy, and didn’t look like a coyote exactly. But i guess it is??

Anon July 6, 2014 at 12:14 AM

I saw one late Saturday afternoon (officially yesterday) up along the inside edge of Oakmont Cemetery. Is that Pleasant Hill or Lafayette?

Marianne July 6, 2014 at 12:25 AM

Duck, cats do need a license. Mine wasn’t licensed but is was still eaten. I don’t think coyotes really care about the license.

Dr. Jellyfinger® July 6, 2014 at 12:40 AM

Well………… I had my cat licensed & it was nothing but trouble. The little license plate kept getting smeared with kitty poo and Plunk never got used to it hanging under his tail anyway, so I tossed it in the garbage.

Killjoy July 6, 2014 at 6:22 AM

My cats are licensed, microchipped, and indoor only.

Antler, yes that lake is still there and still full. They even keep the fountain running. I guess that helps keep the Mosquitos down as it’s not a stagnant pond.

jrconcord July 6, 2014 at 8:11 AM

@Dr J
I put 22’s, spinners, and neon lights on my cat. Then it took off of with a Chihuahua for Taco. this was 6 months ago, they havn’t been seen since.

Cynthia July 6, 2014 at 8:52 AM

I have seen the whole pack over there by the berry bushes, five or six of em. May be thinning out the duck/goose population?

Silva July 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Small cat size pets belong indoors full time, unless you want to expose them to the unnecessary risk of preditors from sky and ground, vehicles, and killer dogs etc. etc.. It’s not a nice ending. I’ve seen it way too often. Why is anyone still surprized when it happen? I dunno.

animal lover July 6, 2014 at 9:41 AM

I am assuming that where this animal came from the food is hard to find to coming closer to where we live….yes try to keep your cats inside…but know they do love the outside more to roam and be free….an sorry for your lose
Marianne..a horrible way to lose a beloved kitty….know it will take time…but try to get a kitty that loves to snuggle and be a inside kitty…mine is a inside kitty and loves to snuggle….and if you do get a new kitty..go to civic feline clinic in walnut creek…dr ellis is great…a cat clinic for cats only…..great place.

Atticus Thraxx July 6, 2014 at 9:49 AM

My cats are licensed in the dark art of necromancy. And as they can travel between various planes of existence, we rarely have to change the litter box.

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 6, 2014 at 10:14 AM

feral cats devastate ecosystems, particularly birds, small animals and reptiles. Coyotes are fond of cats as a part of their food chain. Hence, welcome the coyotes as they perform an important role balancing the severe damage done by feral cats and those who feed and support feral cat populations.

Coyotes Belong Here Too... July 6, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Leave these creatures be please. And if you love your family pet, bring them in. Or don’t be surprised when this happens.

Silva July 6, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Are you really supposed to license cats in these parts?

They live behind us July 6, 2014 at 10:39 AM

I see them all the time, in the open space behind us in Dana Estates. We also have foxes, turkeys, etc. They are probably checking out where they will have to move once the city of Concord destroys there natural habitat. I’d like to send the whole pack to visit the City Council and hope they’re hungry that day.

artsyfartsy July 6, 2014 at 11:31 AM

I believe the point Duck was making is dog owners need to be more responsible for their pets, where cat owners seem to just let them roam. You cannot let your dog roam the neighborhood. Can you imagine all the flack you’d catch?

I owned 2 cats and they were indoor cats, as I had raised bed vegetable/flower gardens and did not want them used as a litterbox. My neighbors, however, let their cats out and would come into my yard to use my vegetable garden as a litter box. How rude and inconsiderate of these people. Here I keep my animals in as to not impose on my neighbors, yet my neighbors do not give me the same consideration.

Cats will also hunt the native wildlife (birds) so please put bells on their collars so they cannot pounce on an unsuspecting bird…and so if I hear it in my yard I can throw something at it.

Freeman July 6, 2014 at 11:36 AM

I’m surprised this beast wasn’t spotted at the Lazy Dog patio, terrorizing the patrons.

Silva July 6, 2014 at 12:32 PM

#29, if you use a jet nozzle on a hose they seem to get the idea pretty quickly.

SLW July 6, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Freeman, LOL. However I read that the dogs are not allowed there anymore. The Coyotes are hungry and will go after anything and eat anything I think. The one that everyone keeps talking about it sounds like it might be sick with mange or something. Maybe there is a whole pack over in that area feasting off the geese and ducks.
As far as cats, I have cats and mine have always been in/outside. They basically go out and come back in and do not roam the streets. I’m a responsible pet owner however I do see peoples points of why a dog has to be leashed and licensed and cats can roam free. I despise people that let their animals say outside 24/7 and just get them to through them out and not make them part of their family’s

Atticus Thraxx July 6, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Silva, as far as I know only if they are going to do cosmetology. Or necromancy.

cindy July 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM

I saw one run from the pond on Olivera into Gov’t. housing that is across the street from the pond. Got word yesterday that a big one was resting behind my friend’s house who lives on 6th ST. near Willow Pass RD. I live on Esperanza and Gov’t housing is right behind me. We hear them and their pups all the time.

Cowellian July 6, 2014 at 1:02 PM

We have all manner of critters in our neighborhood, but the HOA always sets out traps when the coyotes show up. I suspect that we would have a lot fewer dead birds if we had more coyotes keeping the feral and semi-feral cats in check.

Kirkwood July 6, 2014 at 1:24 PM

It is mentioned above that some of the coyotes seem to appear to have patches of missing hair. A common disease among coyotes is a form of mange caused by tiny mites that burrow into the skin and the intense itching causes the animal to scratch away its hair. The condition is highly contagious, the animal is miserable and will likely live a short life.

Have a nice day.

artsyfartsy July 6, 2014 at 1:41 PM

A hose a grand idea Silva, as is a pellet gun. *wink*

In any event, the coyote population will take care of the wayward cats in the neighborhoods be it by Mother Nature, or by way of Darwin through their thoughtless owners.

And please, all of you fine cat owners (don’t forget, I too was one for 18 years)…do not be offended when you suddenly see me around Claycord wearing your cat as my hat because he’s been using my yard as his toilette.

Andi July 6, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Wild animals poop in our yards too, not just cats. I often see raccoons and possums at night in my backyard near the Concord ball fields near Willow Pass. Next morning I find their poop right where I saw the animal. Point is, even if cats had never been invented, there would be poop in your yard. And then there’s bird poop everywhere too I’ve noticed. You’ve gotta know the cute little squirrels are pooping too. I understand your frustration, but it’s silly to expect things outdoors to be clean, and it’s kind of silly to pick out just one kind of animal to hate for it.

Duck July 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

artsyfartsy…….your first post got the idea , not so sure about your second post………LOLOLOLOLOLMFAO !!!!!!!

I actually forgot about my wife registering & chipping our adopted cat.
I’ll change the question ………….Why are cats allowed to freeroam ?
And why is there only a one time license fee & no Rabies shot required yearly with a registration fee.

Whatever July 6, 2014 at 6:37 PM

@duck Cats do have to get a 3in1 shot every year that includes a rabies shot. No idea on why they only have to be licensed once.

Bunch of Whiners July 6, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Do all you people who are complaining realize that we humans are in large part responsible for the reduction of wild animal populations?? In building subdivisions and developing housing the land was taken from the animals. It makes me laugh how people say coyotes are coming into our neighborhoods. We are in theirs!

@artsfartsy Heaven forbid a bird is eaten. I bet you have no problem when that piece of chicken is on your fork. Lol!! I am a meat eater, but I am not a hypocrite as you may be. Many animals are hunters and predators. Should we get rid of all animals? Or just your neighbors indoor/outdoor cat? And, you kept your cats indoors because you did not want them in YOUR garden, NOT as a courtesy to your neighbors, you contradict yourself.

The Teachings of Don Juan July 6, 2014 at 8:40 PM

I Just ate 13 Peyote buttons, 13 Mushrooms, and smoked some Jimson Weed….I say that creature is a shape shifting witch doctor!

Silva July 6, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Oo.. necromancy. omgosh.

artsyfartsy July 6, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Yes Duck….why ARE cats allowed to free roam? I have yet to hear an educated answer from the good people on Claycord.

@Bunch of Whiners. What does any of this have to do with hunting? It has to do with cr*pping. Have you not read my post?

I have had many types of pets, including birds (canaries) that were eaten by other birds (red tail). I kept my cats indoors because I know they would roam the neighborhood and would use other people’s yards as their litter boxes, as I know they would use mine. I also knew it was not safe for them, as I cared a lot about them; they could get hit by a car, as well as get eaten by a coyote.

So quick you are to call me a hypocrite when you know nothing about me, other than the fact I was upset cleaning up after my neighbor’s cat…day after day. How is that a hypocrite? And yes, I LOVE my red meat and chicken.

@Andi. I do not expect the outdoors to be clean, and you are missing the bigger picture. People would be very upset if the neighborhood dogs roamed about doing their business in neighbor’s lawns, so why is it okay for a cat? Why should I clean up after someone else’s pet? It’s one thing for the wild animals to cruise through my yard, but quite another for me to clean up after the neighborhood cats.

So keep those cats wild and free. Those coyotes need to eat! How’s that for hunter and predator?

Dr. Jellyfinger® July 6, 2014 at 11:12 PM

“Necromancy”? Strange…… I never thought cats would be influenced by racial stuff. I suppose kitties just make love whichever way they want.

slagheap July 6, 2014 at 11:17 PM

i’ve seen coyotes near there and along the cc canal nearby. plenty of ’em around.

The Mamba July 7, 2014 at 7:05 AM

That’s not a coyote, that’s el chupacabre.

Silva July 7, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Cats are legally free to roam because there aren’t any fences high enough.

Cat July 7, 2014 at 10:25 AM

You’re lucky we tolerate people at all.

Anonomous. July 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Its ok for coyotes to eat cats because its natural; but not ok for cats to eat birds. This is racism against Feline-Americans.

Cat Wrangler July 7, 2014 at 1:04 PM

If you or your loved ones have not died of bubonic plague then hug a feral cat. Feral cats are the most effective vector control of flea-rodent-human borne disease. If you don’t agree please ask the World Health Organization or Dean Edell.

Cats that have adopted humans should be health-screened, vaccinated, spayed/neutered and kept inside for their safety.

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 7, 2014 at 3:04 PM

@Cat Wrangler,#51: I guess if we were in the 14th century you might have a point. But it’s 2014, and modern day antibiotics are quite effective against such bacterial infections.

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 7, 2014 at 3:11 PM

If you like song birds and small animals such as wild rabbits, you should shoot or poison feral cats. Please read some facts about feral cats. They are the biggest threat to small game animals and birds.

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