ALERT: Coyote Spotted Near Mt. Diablo Elementary School in Clayton

September 3, 2014 13:27 pm · 20 comments

If you’re travelling on Clayton Rd. near Mt. Diablo Elementary School in Clayton, keep your eyes out for wildlife.

Although it’s not unusual to see coyotes in Clayton, it is unusual to see them on Clayton Rd.

The following note just came from a concerned Claycordian….

I was driving down Clayton Rd. and almost hit a coyote, who jetted out right in front of me. He kept running and went down Mt. Zion Dr., which goes right in front of Mt. Diablo Elementary. It happened around 1:20 this afternoon so anybody who might be picking up their kids should watch out, because he’s in the neighborhood. I tried calling the school but the line was busy.

Fortunately, kids at Mt. Diablo Elem. get out at 12:05 on Wednesdays.

If you live in the neighborhood, watch out for our wild friend.

Thanks to the Claycordian for the note!

Connie September 3, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Oh they are all over town, you just have not noticed.

RunDogRun September 3, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Allright Wylie!

Not all! September 3, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Not all get out @ 12:05!
Late friend Kinders are out @ exactly 1:20!

anon September 3, 2014 at 1:41 PM

He’s just looking for water, poor thing!

Concord native September 3, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Are you kidding ! Oh my god ! A coyote !!! First a fight in the grove park & now this ?

Mt Diablo Parent September 3, 2014 at 1:54 PM

We were stood right on Mt Zion outside the school at 1.20 waiting for Kindergarten pick up, and saw nothing – hopefully it ran the other way

PO'd September 3, 2014 at 1:59 PM

If they don’t run away from you, look out! Might be rabid.
Remember, they were here first. So if they attack your loved ones or pets, you may take solace in the fact that it’s totally natural for a wild animal to try to eat you.It’s OK.

Lisa September 3, 2014 at 2:48 PM

A coyote? Big deal. Our house backs up to the old military land/ open field in Concord. We see them almost daily in our backyard as we have no fence and we have small kids. They always run when we make noise. Never a problem. We have lived here for 5 years and actually really enjoy seeing them! Beautiful wildlife!

Anon September 3, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Man, go easy on the person. That is kind of a weird spot to see them run across in the day.

Grumpy Old Man September 3, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Beautiful critters! PLEASE respect them.

Sarah September 3, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I appreciate the heads up. I live down mitchell canyon and walk my little dog all time. I have never seen one in our part of town – always thought they would be down more toward the mountain.

JJ2 September 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Neighbor of ours sees them from time to time when he walks his dogs downtown around 5 am. They trot down the middle of Center St. raiding the nearby dumpsters.

Looking ahead September 3, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Its a coyote not a mountain lion get real- whimp

Joan September 3, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Sometimes it seems there are more coyotes in Clayton than dogs. And that’s saying a lot.

Anon September 3, 2014 at 7:42 PM

You sure it wasn’t a homeless child?

Cautiously Informed September 3, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Like this is really a big deal. Some people are afraid of everything.

Dr. Jellyfinger® September 3, 2014 at 8:17 PM


Claycordite, September 3, 2014 at 9:21 PM

We have seen a beautiful coyote on the Seeno hill a few times, asked a neighbor living across the street and he said one goes by there every day. I’ve wondered lately if he is the reason we are not seeing the big birds.

wild life ... September 4, 2014 at 8:52 AM

every day I take our dogs for a walk and see turkeys, deer, rabbits and coyotes on the trails around clayton. be respectful, and they will continue on their way – just passin’ thru. take time to look around you. there really is a lot more going on than the center of your universe. happy thursday all

marleysgurl September 8, 2014 at 9:04 PM

The poor thing was probably lost. A lot of wildlife tend to follow their noses and sniff out our garbages then have a hard time getting home because of cars and people. After all they are scavangers as well as hunters and our trash smells like a feast to them. PO’d is right, this was their home and we’re the invaders. They’re quite beautiful and interesting creatures. If you ever come in contact with one (or any other animal) , don’t startle them as they may run into the street and get hit. They are harmless and won’t bite unless cornered. Just keep an eye on small dogs and cats because they are similar in size to cyote’s main prey, rabbits.

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