Done For The Day, by Charles Wood


Sunday at dusk Mom and Dad waited for other pack members to show up.  Earlier I had seen Dad coming out of the nature preserve south into the field.  Mom showed up a little later.  She sat quietly while Dad did fidgety pacing.  Then my homeless friend walked towards me, coming from within the field where he had eaten dinner.

He asked me if the coyotes still go into the field.  I pointed them out to him.  Then he volunteered that a month or so ago he saw two coyote puppies out with an adult in the place where Mom and Dad were sitting.  Saturday another river bank acquaintance said a few days earlier, at noon, he saw a coyote on the river bank.  He said it was a small coyote, to the north of us outside of the nature preserve.  With some prompting from me he did say it could have been two or three months old.

coyote expert

Sunday, as well as the last time I saw them, Mom and Dad didn’t have any of the new puppies with them.  Had any been there, they would have been harassing their parents for play, I reason.  I don’t know how often Mom and Dad allow their new puppies to be attended to by the yearlings.  It looks like they allow it regularly.  If true it surprises me, but should it?  My parents didn’t worry much when my teenage sister baby sat me.

For fun, I’ve included a photograph of a local coyote expert, one I see regularly who is constantly pregnant and who knows far more than I about my pack.

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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