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Father issues warning coyote goes after young daughter

A San Francisco man wants to warn others after he said a coyote "went after" his 6-year-old daughter.

The incident happened last week on a hiking trail near the Land's End Visitors Center.  

Chris Feroz said he took his daughters Luna and Anna there thinking it was a safe place to ride their scooters.

"As we came around the corner and Luna was in front of me a good distance, I saw a coyote see her and go running for her, and I started running and ran down and stopped the coyote from coming towards my kids," said Feroz.

He said he scared the coyote off once and then started taking video of the encounter.  He said he was surprised when the coyote came back and he had to scare it off a second time.  Feroz says he posted the video on social media to warn other parents.

"I want people to know there's a coyote over there who went after my kids," said Feroz. 

A spokesperson for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area said there have been no recent reports of problems with coyotes in the area, and no reports of coyotes biting humans in recent years.

Camilla Fox, the founder of Project Coyote, said if a coyote gets too close for comfort, let it know it's not welcome.

"What we say is basically be big, bad and loud.  Put your hands up.  Let them know you don't want them there and do it until they flee the area," said Fox.  "But nine times out of ten, that coyote doesn't want anything to do with you."

Fox added that coyotes are an important part of the ecosystem as they help keep the rodent population in check.

A representative for San Francisco Animal Care and Control said the agency routinely takes reports of coyote sightings and uses them to learn more about the animals' patterns of behavior.  

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:55:52 -0700

Grizzly Peak site of 2 deadly falls in 3 months

A popular lookout along Grizzly Peak Boulevard, owned by UC Berkeley, has been the site of two deadly falls in just three months.

The area offers a sweeping view of the East Bay.

"I've never seen anything like this. This is probably my new favorite spot," said Natalie Cathan who arrived in the Bay Area from Seattle just three days ago.

She says this is her first trip up to Grizzly Peak.

But this beautiful view point can also be dangerous.

On Sunday before nightfall, campus police say 60-year-old Donald O'Dwyer of Berkeley lost his footing and fell about 110 feet from the edge of a hillside near signpost 14.

"If you don't know how the terrain is, it's easy for something bad to happen if you don't pay enough attention," said Dillard Worten of El Cerrito who says he comes here often.

In May, 22-year-old Lorenzo Baltazar-Trujillo of Concord fell off a rock in the area and died.

And in 2012 there was yet another fatal fall in the same area.

A 21-year-old man told KTVU he knows from experience, just how dangerous the area can be.

"I had a close call on one of those rocks climbing with some friends. I can see how that can be a dangerous area," said Max Fleer of Orinda.

Despite the dangers, there are no warning signs posted in the area.

UC Berkeley Police say the area is an ecological preserve and that the turnouts are for emergencies and not sightseeing.

"People aren't supposed to be there. It's not something we heavily enforce," said Lt. Marc DeCoulode.

Now, the university is considering taking precautions.

"We'll look at everything from closing the turnout to posting additional signage to get the word out," said Lt. DeCoulode.

Some visitors say putting up a barrier would spoil the pristine scenery. To be safe, they say they stay away from the edge.

"For the most part, I’m either in my car or on these logs over here," said Dillard Worthen of El Cerrito.

UC Berkeley Police tell KTVU it is planning to meet with university officials next week to figure out what needs to be done about preventing another deadly fall.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:32:23 -0700

Outgoing baseball commissioner frustrated over failed A’s stadium effort

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is on a farewell tour of all 30 major league parks as he heads into his final months on the job.

The tour took him to the Coliseum before the A’s game against the New York Mets Tuesday night.

“Let me say at the outset: this team needs a new ballpark,” said Selig who was questioned repeatedly about the effort to find the A’s a new home.

“This is something I wanted to get resolved before I leave office,” he said.

In his 22 years as baseball commissioner, 22 new stadiums have been constructed.  He credits new ballparks, in part, for the resurgence of the sport.

But, he did say he was pleased with the new lease the A’s signed to stay at the Coliseum for now.

The A’s effort to move the team to San Jose was thwarted by the Giants which claim territorial rights to the South Bay.

Selig says progress was further slowed by San Jose’s ongoing anti-trust lawsuit against Major League Baseball for rejecting the A’s attempt to move the team.

“Let me be very candid with you,” Selig said, “you have two teams with very dissimilar views.”

The Commissioner pointed to highlights during his term including all time high attendance, revenues, and fan interest. 

In addition, he said revenue sharing benefited smaller teams that brought competitive balance to baseball.

“The other day all three National League divisions were tied and now you’ve got Kansas City moving ahead of Detroit, Oakland battling, and Milwaulkee battling.  Teams that in the 90’s and early 2000’s had no chance.”

Selig will leave his post in January to be replaced by Rob Manfred.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:21:08 -0700

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