Old “Peg Leg”, by Walkaboutlou

We don’t have a photo of Peg Leg, but I imagine he might look something like this. [ConradTan]

Hi Janet,

Hope you are well. I wanted to update you on “Peg Leg”[press to read the previous posting about him]. He was the old coyote who lost a territory some months ago with his mate. Last seen, he seemed nomadic but still thriving.

He’s been discovered with his mate, relocated about 16 miles from his old territory. He is on the furthest isolated area of the bison ranch. Ironically, his voice gave him away. Peg Leg’s voice is hoarse and odd sounding. A bit like a Pekingese Werewolf. His unmistakable vocalizations were part of some jokes and conversation and then we realized who it might be. Brief sightings confirmed.

It’s amazing he found and chose this area. But perhaps in his long life he knew it, and the last few years as it’s shifted to bison it’s really become a great area. It’s away from sheep and cattle and LGD patrols. No hunting is allowed. There are the bison, as well as elk, 3 species of deer, and all sorts of small game. Best of all, it abounds in gopher, voles, mice and Jackrabbits. The river that flows by has runs of salmon and trout and there are huge flocks of wild turkey. In summer wild plums and vast fields of grasshopper round off the menu. Peg Leg has made it here, and I’m glad for him. He got driven out by other coyote, only to find this place. I’m so glad he beat the odds. In every way.

Peg Leg is a survivor. Any coyote living in ranchlands is often a target 24 hours a day…for life. They are hunted with staghounds, decoy dogs, traps, snares, long distance rifles and any other means. Even if they come from a “safe” area, one foray outside of it can mean the end.

Most live very fast paced lives. To find a coyote, white faced and stiff with age, is very rare. The fact that he found sanctuary again at the end of his life among bison makes it more poignant.

Its likely his mate is pregnant. Perhaps he has one last season left in him to raise pups to independence.

Peg Leg has made himself a new home with his mate. Among the umbrella of  bison, all the wildlife relaxes a bit.


Hi Lou — This story made me beam from ear to ear, and I’m sure it will make others do the same. There is so much that’s familiar about Peg Leg from two situations I’ve been following, but in different coyotes: one of “my” alpha male coyotes is getting old — not white faced yet, but sometimes stiff in his gait, and I wonder how long he’ll be able to hold on to his territory. And another male is being displaced right now by other coyotes — not so old, but meeker of constitution — he, too, has a “werewolf” low, mournful howl, so I know he still sometimes passes through the area, but I fear it won’t be for long. So, in a certain way, I feel like I know Peg Leg.  :))  Janet

Hi Janet, I thought you likely could relate to Peg Leg with other coyote. Their lives really are full of dynamics. I only saw him briefly, but he seemed very content. His body language wasn’t nomadic mode or unsure. Peg Leg is home. (again)

Enjoy the day.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. MelindaH.
    Feb 20, 2020 @ 01:54:48

    Love this post. Many thanks to both of you!


  2. environmentalhealthpolicy
    Feb 20, 2020 @ 04:45:54

    Thank you for this wonderful story. It is heartwarming and sweet to know that some coyotes do make it to elderhood. I wish Peg Leg the best!


  3. Hilary Cole
    Feb 20, 2020 @ 08:49:17

    Hi… Peg Leg sounds an intriguing individual.. and I’m happy to read that he is hopefully in a safe place. I think they deserve that at the end of their days..,

    Really interesting reading.. thank you…

    Hilary 😊💕


  4. Charles F. Wood
    Feb 20, 2020 @ 22:53:13

    That’s good to hear. I had an old coyote couple in my life for a few years. They lost their battle for their territory several years ago. I never saw them again. It’s nice to know that at least they could have established themselves somewhere else.


    • yipps:janetkessler
      Feb 20, 2020 @ 22:57:09

      Yes, I remember “Mom” and “Dad” from long ago — I fell in love with them through your stories. And I remember that Daughter inherited the land when a new male appeared. Thanks for reminding me, and for your comment, Charles!

    • Hilary Cole
      Feb 21, 2020 @ 17:04:39

      Thanks from me too… It is so interesting to read all these marvellous articles…

      Hilary 😊

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