It’s Halloween and you are out with the little goblins and witches, what are you thinking? It seems like we were just enjoying summer yet here is the prelude to the holidays – Halloween. It is still some time to the beginning of Winter which arrives December 21st. Coyotes will likely be in hiding with all the noise and commotion of the day so why worry. Halloween is the day for candy wrappers to be flying in the wind, happy ghosts will be running ahead and not paying attention to where their feet will land. Kiddos eh? Mom and Dad Coyote are actually breathing a sigh of relief much as does the human folks when school starts. Halloween marks that time of the year when the Coyote offspring are preparing to go out on their own.
The cycle of Coyote life generally has the pups hunting with their parents about this time of the year. Nature is encouraging the pups to soon leave their den. Coyotes are seen with regularity at this time of the year because the pups are leaving the den to learn about life. Maybe that is why the Coyote population always seems to increase at this time of the year. More and more animal control offices are reporting growing numbers of Coyotes these days. Winter is coming and the once dependent pups now young adult Coyotes are nature bound to find their own den and food for the cold and scarce months ahead. No – not just yet, there is much to be learned over the coming fall months as each day grows shorter and the nights long and cold. The immediate future will reinforce hunting skills although most of them will not survive these times. Those Coyotes that do survive will be stronger then their parents because each generation will have improved their survival capabilities.
The Coyote Pups watch as their parents hunt and then stalk needed food for the families. The pups watch the parents fade into the background in order to avoid larger predators or to sneak up on their prey. The parents move ever so slowly so as not to draw attention which is the same skill needed to overcome unsuspecting prey and avoid humans.
The stealthy skill needed to avoid humans and predators is the same used to gather food. Halloween lives on for small game but for the human children it is only a single night of fright. This is the day that marks the beginning of the end for many young Coyotes. The Coyote pups are gathering knowledge for the coming days when they will be out on their own and have to survive or die.
Stay tuned – there is more to come on the Coyote Cam. Thanks for your time.