Sleeping and Resting Right In The Open

Several times I have watched a coyote settle down in a spot, look around, and finally curl up for some sleep, right in the open. It is not exactly in plain view since the coyote is so well camouflaged — it would be very hard to detect that a coyote were there if you had not seen it go there in the first place. However, a few days ago I actually discovered this coyote sprawled out asleep in the wide open. By zooming in with my lens, I could see that the coyote opened one eye and was aware of me from quite a distance, but it did not raise its head. It did not move at all! I’ve put three zooms in here to show how absolutely hidden the coyote is — but the coyote is there!!

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joe Rotondi
    Jan 15, 2015 @ 14:05:40

    I live in a Waltham suburb just out side of Boston Ma. and over the past 5 days or so we have had Howling Coyotes out side our window. It is getting to the point we can barley sleep at night. Is there a way to deter this behavior or anything humane we can do to stop this?

    Reply

    • yipps
      Jan 15, 2015 @ 20:34:14

      Hi Joe — I’m looking into this now and will get back to you. Janet

    • yipps
      Jan 16, 2015 @ 03:36:27

      Hi Joe — I’ve asked our science advisory member/Human-Animal Conflict Manager about this. She suggests that you go outside before going to bed and to yell very loudly or loudly beat a metal pot with a soup ladle for around 15 seconds. This must be done BEFORE ANY howling starts. Not a good idea to interrupt the coyotes as it will interfere with their communication which is crucial for finding resources . . . etc. Please get back to us, in a comment to this blog, with the results and we will advise you further if necessary. We’re looking forward to hearing about it! Janet

    • Joe
      Jan 16, 2015 @ 14:07:32

      Thanks for your solution, although I’m not sure my neighbors would appreciate it or may even think I’m loosing it. If it continues i may have no choice as 4 hrs a sleep a night is not feasible.
      Thanks Again

    • yipps
      Jan 16, 2015 @ 14:43:52

      Hi Joe — Might it help if you let your neighbor know beforehand what you will be doing and why? Janet

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