Calm & Relaxed Before Being Chased Four Times: There By Design?

This coyote attempted to enjoy a relaxed morning four times, but each time a dog came up barking at it, chasing it, or coming too close antagonistically. The coyote responded slightly differently each time, but always ended each time in a prolonged barking session which lasted long after the dog had departed.

The first three photos show how I originally found the coyote resting on a small incline.

The first dog came up like a dart, chasing the coyote aggressively and intensely for a long distance, round and around, and way up an incline. The coyote’s response to this was a prolonged barking spell, which includes the second row of photos.

When the coyote had calmed down, about 20 minutes later, it returned to the same area to relax.

Then the second dog intruder came by. This time the dog neither barked at the coyote nor chased it, but the dog came too close, and this occurred shortly after the preceding incident, so the coyote was already in an aroused mood.  Again the coyote responded with an intense barking session. Notice the two photos showing the coyote coming down an incline after this barking session: the coyote is still upset as you can see by its expressions.

The coyote then went to a green area further from the beaten path. But soon another third dog spotted it there and approached the coyote barking. This time the coyote knew it could chase this particular dog off, so after the coyote had had enough of the barking, that is what it did, successfully. This time there was not a barking session. Note that the coyote narrows its eyes as it sees the second dog approaching and barking at it — it has decided to chase the dog off.

The last incident involved another full-fledged chase by a dog which chases the coyotes often — the owner refuses to leash in the area. The coyote ran far off and began barking its discontent.  The barking session appears to be a complaining and a standing up for its space.

Some chases — dogs chasing after coyotes — appear to verge on teasing, taunting and play from the dogs’ point of view. I think the coyote is well aware of this. And it needs to be recognized that this coyote placed itself in these locations where there was a very high possibility that one of these dogs might come after it: it appears that the coyote may have been gambling on this design. All of the dogs except the first, have encountered this coyote often and the coyote knows them. The coyote may place itself so that it will be seen to keep all dogs aware that it is around and this is its area.

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