Leapin’ Latrans

2015-02-23 at 17-42-53 Here’s a coyote — Canis Latrans — leaping through a wild mustard field in an urban park. He’s flying high above the three-foot tall flowers which are not only impeding his progress, but are also impeding his view. And what’s he so interested in seeing? An unleashed dog running erratically through the field in the distance! Coyotes are extremely curious critters — curiosity is a measure of their intelligence. “What was the dog doing, and where was it going?”

Please keep dogs leashed if you are in a coyote area of your urban park, especially now during pupping season! As soon as I informed the owner about coyote behaviors, he leashed his pet and was on his way. Leashing a pet not only keeps the pet away from coyotes, it also keeps them calmer. Coyotes sometimes react to the hyperactivity of some dogs. The coyote sat a safe distance away and watched them depart.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cathycareyblog
    Apr 10, 2015 @ 20:00:04

    What a great pic! And always good advice, keeping everyone safe, both pets and the coyotes.


  2. fromthethicket
    Apr 13, 2015 @ 15:14:20

    Delightful picture and explanation! I love this blog! Thanks so much for keeping track of urban coyotes. Just knowing about them makes me happy. Still hoping to see one myself.


    • yipps
      Apr 14, 2015 @ 03:57:22

      Thank you! Knowing about them makes me happy, too! Don’t give up — I’m sure you’ll see one at some point. Janet

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