Neighbors In The Night, by Vanitha Sankaran at Pacifica Magazine

When asked about the personality of coyotes, Kessler lights up. “Your average coyote is intelligent, curious, playful, protective, adventurous, cunning, independent, self-reliant, has family values and a frontier spirit, and strong individuality. Those are the same rugged frontier characteristics we value in ourselves.”

Writer Vanitha Sankaran from Pacifica Magazine recently contacted me requesting an interview and photos of coyotes for an article she wanted to do. Coyotes were being sighted more frequently in Pacifica, so it was an opportune time to get some information out to the public. I was, of course, happy to do this.

Here is her article, capturing how and why my passion began and grew as I discovered the extent of individual coyote personalities and the profusion of family interactive behaviors, along with the simplest basic guidelines for coexistence. Reproduction of the photos appear a little grainy in these online versions, but that several depict strong social interactions is very clear.

Hopefully the article will help open the door to recognizing that there are commonalities between species vs. “denying these similarities because we’ve been told that animals couldn’t possibly have qualities or social drives that humans have”. Recognizing a kind of parallelism will help you relate to them better, and help you possibly appreciate who they really are.

Feedback I’ve been getting: The writeup is fun and informative! :))  I’ve included the above embedded copy of the article from Pacifica’s website, and a link to a PDF version, below, which might be easier to read.
PDF version: P_NOV2018-web

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Linda Potter
    Nov 02, 2018 @ 01:23:13

    What a great article! Way to go Janet.


    • yipps:janetkessler
      Nov 02, 2018 @ 02:36:09

      Thank you so much, Linda!!

      Nov 04, 2018 @ 22:53:11

      Great article, lots of information that helps us understand Coyotes in a much better way. At the beginning, I did not understand Coyotes, I was some how even afraid of them. Because of Janet, I now feel very different, I like them a lot, respect them, understand much more their behavior and see that they are wild, but not aggressive if I know how to treat them. Thanks Janet for sharing your knowledge with us.

    • yipps:janetkessler
      Nov 04, 2018 @ 23:01:02

      Thank you, gracias, merci, Martha! :))

  2. Linda Bolon
    Nov 02, 2018 @ 03:49:41

    Congratulations, Janet. Very well done. Linda Bolon


  3. Jackson
    Nov 03, 2018 @ 18:47:36

    This was fun and informative. Congratulations.


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