Meet the Neighbors is a series that explores the vast amount of wildlife all around us. The first installments — here and here — looked at the 10 most common birds you’re likely to find in your yard, followed by wildlife that tends to cause headaches for suburbanites. Today, we look at the predators in your neighborhood.

If you live in a nice house on a quiet tree-lined street, you might not think you need to watch out for coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions and foxes — but surprise, they are common visitors to Bay Area neighborhoods.

That is unsettling news to many people, but it’s not as dangerous as it sounds. Only the mountain lion and the coyote pose any sort of risk to humans and pets. The good news is such encounters are extremely rare.

In many cases, we — and our vehicles and rodenticides — are the bigger threat to these creatures.

Here’s what you need to know about these neighbors and how to peacefully coexist with them.

A coyote explores a hillside in Mount Diablo State Park. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group Archives)

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Source:: East Bay – Science


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