Hello Stranger!

Today, who should appear across a chain-link fence but this fella I knew well from a place miles away, but hadn’t seen in many months. Although most coyote families I document are long-time residents of their territories, a few leave their homes for greener pastures. What an amazing surprise! He saw me from the distance and came up to investigate, recognized me, and lay down in the grass facing me but on the other side of a chain-link fence. He remained there, watching me with soft eyes: closing his eyes repeatedly ever so slowly in recognition and acceptance, and I, of course, beamed inwardly and blinked back!

I stayed only long enough to snap a few record shots because I know this is denning time and coyotes don’t want their hideouts discovered. When I began walking away, he knew the visit was over: he got up and stretched and watched me go, and then he turned around and went in the other direction as I looked over my shoulder. He had come over specifically for a little visit with someone he recognized from his past life!

I suppose that I had been somewhat of a fixture in his life as he had been in mine: he had watched me frequently call out to folks to please leash their dogs when he was around, and I’m sure this coyote knew exactly what was going on: that I was watching out for him. I meticulously respected him and his space, and over time he came to know this: the trust and respect were mutual, which was confirmed by his coming over to see and acknowledge me with a, “hello there!” from way across the fence.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alice Chan
    Apr 13, 2019 @ 05:25:57

    I love this little story.


  2. MelindaH.
    Apr 13, 2019 @ 13:54:57



  3. MelindaH.
    Apr 13, 2019 @ 13:55:42



  4. MelindaH.
    Apr 13, 2019 @ 13:57:10

    Wonderful story. Friendship ❤️❤️


  5. MelindaH.
    Apr 13, 2019 @ 13:58:54

    Great story. Friends!


  6. Albert
    Apr 13, 2019 @ 14:39:36

    As your commenter says — “wonderful little story” — particularly-good writing in it, too —

    “He had come over specifically for a little visit with someone he recognized from his past life!…”

    — so unlike the pseudo-science in all the unreadable stuff most people have to read about these critters to obtain their so-called “knowledge” about them… and all their knowledge… They should just go out and _look_, as you so often say.

    Most important tho this wonderful-little-story is memorable — that commenter re-viewed it as she rode the elevator up to her work cubicle the next morning, it made her happy, she’ll remember it that way always, and the little coyote in it, and you — that’s the immense service you are providing, here, and the creativity.


  7. environmentalhealthpolicy
    Apr 13, 2019 @ 14:42:52

    Oh, that’s wonderful! It’s so great to reconnect with old friends! I hope he has a mate and a den. He certainly looks healthy and beautiful!


  8. environmentalhealthpolicy
    Apr 13, 2019 @ 14:44:41

    This is a wonderful little vignette! It captures the pleasure of reconnecting with an old friend. He’s a beautiful coyote, and I hope he’s happy in his new territory.


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