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A coyote in Tilden Regional Park near Berkeley, Calif.

A coyote in Tilden Regional Park near Berkeley, Calif.

Photographer: Sam Hall for Bloomberg
Climate Adaptation

Meet the New Climate Refugee in Town: Coyotes

As droughts and fires worsen, wild animals are migrating into cities. In Berkeley, California, some residents have had enough.

Amid the sylvan tranquility of the Berkeley hills neighborhood, an image of a snarling predator, fangs bared, stares down at passersby from atop a pole planted in the yard of a sprawling Tudor-style home. “Danger! “Coyotes!” the homemade placard warns.

It’s a sign of a growing climate-driven conflict. Drought and heat waves are not only fueling catastrophic wildfires in California’s wildland-urban interface, they’re also driving coyotes and other wildlife into the streets in search of food and water, according to scientists. That’s triggering clashes among residents over an influx of four-footed climate refugees into the Berkeley hills and adjoining neighborhoods wedged between a vast regional park and San Francisco Bay.