Evasive Action, by Walkaboutlou

Hi Janet,

I was saving this for a while as it’s in some ways hard to hear but it also shows how incredibly intelligent and resourceful coyote are.

Locally, coyote aren’t truly abundant. They are common, but usually not seen by day. Often hunted, our regional coyote lay low in most areas.

A few years ago a local pack of staghounds/greyhound types were started to periodically sweep through various areas and hunt coyote. These weren’t for “problem” coyotes in conflict with livestock or community. It was in essence, any coyote anywhere at anytime.

At 1st, the pack succeeded in catching a few from what I heard. But within months, a pattern developed that seems to show how fast coyote react to stress.

1st of all, the coyote now know instantly what a staghound type of dog looks like and what it’s for. They scatter and hide in the landscape.

Also, if they are flushed, they consistently run for dangerous areas. Cliffs, rivers, etc. They know exactly how to run full bore through deadly terrain. Most dogs have to stop.

Another evasive action-in one area, they beeline for areas where no hunting is allowed. And in same area go to sheep, and right to the LGD dogs. 2 staghounds were seriously mauled literally running straight toward the enormous guards.

And the coyote was allegedly seen watching from hillside before escaping.

Lastly, same tactic…but other coyote make a run for a local bison herd. As the coyote runs among them, they stare, and then literally the hounds have had to run for their life. Bison don’t enjoy pack of canines running among them. And incredibly, they can keep pace with greyhound. No hunting there!

Are cliffs, rivers, LGD or Bison all coincidence? I leave that for people to decide. The hunters have decided to take their dogs elsewhere. Here, coyotes it seems, utilize the local conditions in evasive actions.

Again and again and again I have seen coyote always respond instantly to a new danger or situation.

The local coyote won this situation. And the hounds literally created very fit and hardened coyote quickly.

At any rate, you can interpret that as you wish.

I do think running to Bison or LGD was intentionally done. Both are pretty grumpy about space and noise.


Hi Lou!  Another great story! Thank you!! Yes, these guys are incredibly, what’s the word, innovative, at staying alive — brilliant survivors — and your story shows this superbly. Their intelligence is just amazing, but even more amazing is how so few humans know or accept this.

Yes…I agree. One of the greatest human weaknesses is most don’t “see” or accept that other beings are just as alive and feeling as they are. Coyote..especially, are vigorously, vibrantly, vehemently, alive. And they will instantly and constantly adapt to remain so.
Personally, I look at them as supreme examples of living, in so many ways.

Rough terrain

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. MelindaH
    Jan 26, 2021 @ 03:12:32

    Fascinating! I couldn’t be more in awe of coyotes.


  2. Lisa Febre
    Jan 26, 2021 @ 05:25:37

    Wow!!! Amazing. Just amazing!


  3. Jo Thompson
    Jan 26, 2021 @ 12:43:40

    I love when Lou shares insight! Such a phenomenal view into the lives of our wonderful coyotes. They are brilliant beings.


    • yipps:janetkessler
      Jan 26, 2021 @ 14:09:21

      Agreed! It’s not just anyone who can or will observe these things: Lou is out in nature constantly and has been observing them for intimately decades. He is fascinated by them (which is what it takes to observe these things), open to them, and much more aware about what they are capable of than most people. He is also intimately intuned with his own dogs and observes and reads them on the same deep, knowing level. Really interesting guy!!

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