As she gazed out her second-story window on Naples Island Sunday morning, Sandra Davidson was taken aback. There, padding over the Neapolitan West bridge was a coyote, and it was taking its time.
"I saw a lone coyote Sunday morning (Jan 27) at 7:45 a.m., slowly loping along the canal on the sidewalk between the Neapolitan W bridge and Neapolitan E bridge," Davidson wrote to Patch.
"The coyote went up the stairs of Neapolitan E bridge, appeared confused, turned right and trotted east along to Lido Lane," she continued, adding that a neighbor "reported seeing him/her a few minutes earlier along Naples Canal."
The coyote was, Davidson said, "on the smaller side but an adult .... My husband looked out our second floor window when I was in the park and saw the coyote, too, after I emailed you. He said it was the same coyote he saw trotting on The Toledo at the end of ... The Colonnade last week, about 10 at night.
"So," she concluded, "he is certainly comfortable on Naples Island!"
But the darker side of urban coyotes is the lethal risk to pets.
"We lost about 10 cats last fall to coyotes and Naples cat owners leaped into action with e-mails and warning signs to 'keep your cats inside.'"
IF YOU'VE ALSO SEEN A COYOTE ON NAPLES OR ELSEWHERE IN LONG BEACH, TELL US IN COMMENTS AND WE'LL ADD TO OUR MAP.