Snapping At Mosquitoes; Relating to Coyotes

In February we had our first heavy rainstorm in almost a year. That is when the climate turned humid and muggy: mosquitoes were out buzzing and biting. The mosquitoes were big and sluggish. I was able to hit every one that landed on me. This coyote, it appears, was in the same predicament as I was. He, too, was dealing with mosquitoes.

“In the same predicament”:  As much as possible, I try relating coyote behavior and what drives that behavior to our own human behavior to help me understand them, and to help me explain them to others. In many ways, I have found, coyotes are not so different from ourselves.

Anthropomorphizing has received a bad rap from some academicians, but, I’m finding, just as many support this approach to understanding non-human creatures. Although there may be no science for it, neither is there any against it! In fact, psychologists for many years have used animal studies to understand humans, such as the classic studies of the affect of maternal deprivation.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. creekwaterwoman
    Mar 13, 2014 @ 02:18:52

    I just love this site. Wonderful pictures and films of coyotes. I love how you protect them.


  2. Charles Wood
    Mar 17, 2014 @ 00:55:28

    I think we may try our hand at turning the observing lens around to see how in similar predicaments we may act coyote-ish. Also, I’ve seriously asked myself “Do my thoughts and behaviors combine in my actions with as much purpose and legitimacy as I’ve found in the actions of coyotes? Have I been as grounded in nature’s purpose as are my furry friends?” At times I’ve felt far behind my Mom and Dad coyote, thinking of them in their predicaments as “the only adults in the room.”


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