It had to happen one day, the wife comes home and sees all the Coyote stuff laying around. She makes a decision, “you gotta do something about this mess.” This is good because while out scouting possible new Coyote stories this blogger found just the location for things not wife friendly! So here we are out in the middle of nowhere (not even a cell phone signal here!) having to write this posting with an old laptop and a Sony Colorpix 2megabyte digital camera, this is what we call roughing it. Fortunately, the new shop has a distinct advantage, you don’t have to travel far to find a restroom. On the flip side though, the job isn’t done until the paperwork is finished and that may be the major shortcoming of the new studio! Outside of a few rats and a misguided rattlesnake, it is the new home of the Coyote Cam.
How to get here: Coyote, NM is about 3.5 miles west of Hagan, and like Hagan, is located on private property, but can easily be seen from the road. Foundations of some of the homes are still visible.To get to Coyote and Hagan, take I-25 north from Albuquerque to the San Felipe exit. Turn east and go straight east through the casino parking lot. Coyote is about 10 miles ahead. Look for the “Diamond Tail Ranch” driveway. Coyote is about a mile more down the road on the left hand side just before the road starts going down into the arroyo. Continue east for another 3.5 miles to Hagan.
(Ghost Towns of New Mexico http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/nm/nm.html)
On another note this year’s Coyote Cam is dedicated (mostly) to those folks that produce our vegetables and protein or the ranchers and farmers. To that end a little levity (and I do mean little here) will close out the bi-monthly installment of the Coyote Cam.
Don’t you just love Bureaucratic Government solutions. The Sierra Club and the U. S. Forest Service were presenting an alternative to the Wyoming ranchers for controlling the coyote population. It seems that after years of the ranchers using the tried and true method of shooting or trapping the predators, the Sierra Club had a “more humane” solution to this issue.
What they were proposing was for the animals to be captured alive. The males would then be castrated and let loose again. This was ACTUALLY proposed by the Sierra Club and by the U. S. Forest Service. All of the ranchers thought about this amazing idea for a couple of minutes. Finally an old fellow wearing a big cowboy hat in the back of the conference room stood up, tipped his hat back and said … “Son, I don’t think you understand our problem here. These coyotes ain’t f – – -ing our sheep … they’re eatin’ ’em!” The old fellow in the big cowboy hat got a standing ovation and the meeting never really got back to order.
Stay tuned – there is more to come on the Coyote Cam