“Mom Went North”, by Charles Wood

Tuesday I hoped to sight one of my coyotes in the nature area immediately north of their field.  The dirt road underpass of a major street is the best point of egress.  I stood in the underpass and Mom showed up as the sun was setting.  She was intent on heading north through the underpass.  However with me in her way she wouldn’t travel through it.  She retreated and I partially concealed myself a few yards north of the underpass and off to the side.  Shortly she came into the underpass and I took her picture.  She retreated again and I climbed the embankment up to the street.  From the north side of the street I saw her in the nature area.  She saw me looking at her and I took her picture.  I sat down to observe what would happen next.  When I sat down so did she.  Coyotes can sit and watch for a long time.

Bored with mutual watching, I crossed the street to look south in hopes of seeing other members of her group.  I saw that Mom had returned south and was looking up at me.  Seeing no other coyotes, I left.  I walked west on the street, headed for my car.  As I walked, Dad showed up.  On the other side of the fence, Dad charged after my dog and me at full speed.  He stopped to scrape dirt and also repeated his runs up the embankment to the fence that separated us.  He came within a few yards of the fence, was agitated, and repeatedly scraped dirt as I walked along.  When I was about a hundred yards from the underpass, he vanished into the dark.

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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