Keeping A Safe Distance And Watching

Here is a relaxed coyote watching dogs and walkers from a safe distance in one of our parks. Coyotes are curious and can be especially so about dog activity. Interest for this coyote perked up whenever there were dogs in the distance. The more active the dog, the more intense the interest. Very active dogs running off leash put the coyote on alert for fleeing, but as I watched, this time, the coyote never had the need to run off. Some people and dogs saw the coyote as it sat there, and some were totally oblivious to it. If this had been a mom with pups, and had she been chased, she might have felt the need to chase back and “herd” a dog away from herself or a pup with warning displays or even a nip to the butt.

Most hikers I’ve spoken to have told me that they actually look forward to seeing wildlife during their walks, including coyotes. The most responsible dog owners will glimpse a coyote and then head back, rather than get any closer to one who is out: this is to prevent the possibility of any antagonism developing in the first place, especially if they know young coyotes are around.

In some parks coyote activity dwindles to almost nothing at this time of year. I’m supposing that this has to do with it being pupping season. Extended coyote family members are all busy contributing to a new family by bringing food to any new moms. But even where there are no new pups, the coyotes are keeping more hidden at this time. However, last year at this time, we noticed that for the previous year’s litter, which were a year old — “teenagers” — coyote activity continued as usual! Teenagers of all species like to be out exploring and testing their environment! It’s part of the learning experience and part of growing up!

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Daren R. Sefcik
    Apr 03, 2011 @ 03:42:30

    I have not seen the coyotes in my canyons for about a month now. I know they are active as I can see daily scat on the trails and I still hear an occasional night howl or barking session. Your comment about not seeing them this time of year may be why.


    • yipps
      Apr 03, 2011 @ 04:05:36

      Yes, here too, although we don’t see much of the coyotes themselves, we continue to see the occasional scat, and we hear the occasional howling, so we at least know they have not all left.

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