Mom Trots Into View, by Charles Wood


Monday Mom trotted up half way to the Los Angeles area bridge where I was standing with my tethered dog, Holtz, at twilight looking south.  I haven’t seen Mom in six weeks.  Today she trotted towards me, unlike when last Saturday, an unidentified coyote didn’t tarry when we spotted each other.  A little earlier on Monday I had seen another coyote to the north of the bridge headed back to their field south.  Holtz spotted that coyote before I did.  It easily diverted and disappeared into the dense brush in the nature area to the north.  Without Holtz pointing it out I never would have seen it.  I crossed the street to look south anticipating that the vanished coyote would soon enough walk under the bridge.  Instead Mom showed on a road in her field, south of the bridge.  After her approach, Mom soon trotted away and vanished deeper into her field.

Six weeks ago her milk appeared to be fully in.  Today, my inexperienced guess is that she is fairly finished nursing, making the puppies more than five to seven weeks old?  I hope we will soon be done with these “now you see me now you don’t” games and I will see them with the puppies out.

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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