“More On A Dominant Male Dad”, by Charles Wood

“Yesterday while Dad was yowling away at me over on the opposite side of the flood control channel, two young women bicycled by me.  Both looked across at Dad while coasting along.  One asked the other “What’s that!?”  Another cyclist, a homeless man, stopped to admire Dad.   When I said hello to the man he looked at me, flashed me a peace sign and a smile, and then immediately turned to watch more of Dad’s antics.

The day began on the west side of the river, my side.  I’ve never seen him on my side, always the east where the puppies are being raised.  Well, I was minding my own business on the west, and who should I catch sneaking up on me – yep, Dad.  Darn!  I believe my dog met him in the brush a few minutes before I saw him.  My dog, hidden in the brush about a 100 feet away from me, gave one excited bark.  Had it been a rabbit, my dog wouldn’t have stopped with one bark, and had it been a rabbit my dog wouldn’t have come when I called him.  And when he came,  he had an uncharacteristically exaggerated “I’m glad to see you” look.   So I surmise he met Dad in there.  I’m usually in the shoulder high grasses there taking pictures of birds, never worried about Dad.  That has changed now.  Too easy for Dad to hear us, to follow our scent and take advantage of the cover I am always in.

So I got a picture of him still advancing on us.  I ended up going onto his side as he ran south on the west side.  Thought I could get a free look at the puppies.  That was not to be because as soon as I got over on the east side, Dad reappeared on the west and he was now even with me.

He is making it truly difficult for me.

And he could find out where I live.  I biked there and back with my dog on Monday, and our scent leads back home.  Not that he would, just kind of funny knowing that he could.”

Posting written by Charles Wood. Visit Charles Wood’s website for these and more coyote photos: Charles Wood. His work is copyrighted and may only be used with his explicit permission.

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