Slim Jim Update, by Walkaboutlou

Hello Janet,

Just a portion of the nursery herd

These are just a portion of the nursery herd cows and calves on a local ranch. They have been moved to summer ranges and the grass is still lush, green and thick from record spring rains. This not only means rich grazing…but thousands upon thousands of mice, voles, moles and grasshoppers are literally everywhere. You feel and see scurrying or hopping with every step.

I can describe all this as I patrol these ranges. But Slim Jim the elderly male coyote..must simply have felt it. And returned.

For the past few weeks…Slim Jim has pup-sat and lived here with daughter and her mate. He then left them as the 2 pups started foraging with parents. Kinky Tail daughter rules this area and Slim obviously doesn’t feel tied here.

Last update [Slim Jim’s Bigger Picture] he had somehow amazingly joined his yearling daughter, her mate and two pups. The bison he walked with had newborns. New Moms perhaps made it risky for old blind Slim. How he joined his daughter 8 miles away we don’t know.

We joke that Slim Jim can read. He went to land off limits to hunting or public access.

We thought this was his last move. He was a very tired pup sitter. The pups have been moved several times by Kinky Tail mom. And are now hunting grasshoppers and mice themselves. This move…seemed to allow Slim to make his own choice. 

Ancient Slim Jim. He’s actually a Big Fella. We thought he was smaller — he was always so tattered and slinky. But..he now seems to have lost the slink, and meanders slowly and stately near or among bison especially at night. He’s safe. And shocking us all with his choices and endurance. 

He left the rocky (but hot) sanctuary to return to bison herds. The calves are bigger and the cows pay Slim no heed as he noses about and munches the rodents and grasshoppers they flush up while grazing. They graze. He feeds. Side by side. You can’t really even see him at times among the bulky bison. 

Mostly blind. Tattered. Very very worn. But quite happy. Slim Jim is very full. Sleeps long among cottonwoods. And slowly walks among bison.

He made the choice and must have known…old haunts and bison and grasslands and feeding, were better for him then rocky hot haunts his family are at for now.

I thought the rocks were his last move. But sweet grass and bison herds..obviously are his preference. He was tossing sticks and mice today. Still playful and enjoying life.

Take care. 

Lou

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa Febre
    Jun 30, 2022 @ 01:12:28

    If only Slim Jim knew how many people are following his story!! He’s going to be missed someday… thank you as always for sharing!!

    Reply

  2. Cindie
    Jun 30, 2022 @ 02:24:31

    I’m weeping to read this beautiful story so well written, deeply touching and moving. Thank you for tracking and caring and sharing… And thank you to Slim Jim for your ways of being that inspire me in so many ways. Ever grateful.

    Reply

  3. Gina
    Jun 30, 2022 @ 02:32:41

    Thank you so much for the update! I’m so glad he is enjoying ‘retirement’!

    Reply

  4. Jo Thompson
    Jun 30, 2022 @ 10:49:25

    Thank you, as always, for the beautiful telling of his story and the landscape.

    Reply

  5. SF Forest Alliance
    Jul 04, 2022 @ 09:51:47

    What a wonderful story of a coyote and his landscape! Thank you.

    Reply

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