Being Stared At Causes Coyote To Skedaddle

2014-04-29

Coyotes often flee if they are stared at for too long. It makes them very uncomfortable. In the wild, a stranger staring at you might mean you’re about to be pursued and headed to become chow.

In this case I watched a man become enchanted with a coyote. He stopped and watched the coyote for what a coyote might consider an interminable long time. The coyote, on first being spotted, ran down a hill, but then kept an eye on the stranger from a rock he had found in a field. I could hear the coyote thinking, “Yep, the stranger is much too focused on me and there must be a reason.” Instead of waiting to find out, he skedaddled away with hind paws and tail flying.

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