Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Do you hear coyotes where you live?

Or maybe see them? I'm surrounded by suburbia, but there are coyotes within a couple of miles of me, picking off kitties that are left outside overnight.

How about you? Do you see them, or hear them howling at night? Coyotes are opportunistic and their range is increasing. As wolves were killed off in North America, coyotes moved into their niche. As forests were converted into croplands and suburban communities, coyotes took advantage of the newly opened spaces. As dense forests were clearcut, and logging roads created links between them, coyotes learned to travel them. Unlike many other species, the coyote has managed to benefit from the activities of modern humans.
                                                                                                        
Do coyotes live near you?
Photo by David Mitchell
www.sparselysageandtimely.com/blog/?p=615

8 comments:

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  2. They live right behind our house! Check out my post from last year: http://slugyard.com/2010/06/almost-coyote-food/. Two of them chased a raccoon up a tree in the backyard. I've coached my kids on what to do if they see one- start screaming!

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  3. I wouldn't be surprised if there are coyotes down in the Johnson Creek green space. God knows there are rabbits everywhere! don't hear the coyotes here, but then, the neighbor's labs howl at the slightest provocation, so they would cover a distant coyote yip with their own moronic baying. They do dog haiku.

    "The squirrels are here.
    they will kill us all. Bark , bark,
    bark, bark, bark, bark, bark."

    "The mailman is here.
    He will kill us all. Bark, bark,
    bark,bark, bark, bark, bark."

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  4. Dog haiku - that's hilarious!

    I don't have coyotes near my house in SE PDX, but I saw one crossing the road when I was headed up Rocky Butte recently.

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  5. I had one in my barn once. My barn cats were totally unafraid of it. I don't know if that meant that they were used to him or if they were stupid.

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  6. I saw a couple in my front yard one night and they were yipping! We also have horned owls in our backyard!!

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  7. I had one in my barn once. My barn cats were totally unafraid of it. I don't know if that meant that they were used to him or if they were stupid.

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