Vacation went a lot longer then expected, glad to be home! We will get back on track this month hopefully. However, a review of the past two months Coyote news seems relatively quiet. A few articles from random community news outlets continue to report chance encounters on the urban front and thankfully, none reported attacks on humans. On the other hand, pets continue to be victims of Coyotes. It would appear small pets are more likely to be attacked then their larger cousins.
On the rural side of the fence recent Coyote studies are producing some pretty astounding data. Common knowledge of Coyotes suggest they roam frequently and widely but one study revealed a Coyote had traveled 80 plus miles possibly in search of new territory. The following link talks about the Coyote whose nickname is the “Interstate Traveler.” The article includes all the “Dos” and Don’ts” found in this and past issues of the Coyote Cam. The well written article also reinforces the fact that Coyotes originated in the southwest of the United States and what we see today are the progeny of those original predators. I highly encourage all to a take a look at that article.
Recent construction projects directly next door and in the streets has apparently scared away many of the nightly denizens, haven’t seen a trace of Coyote in several weeks. The Rio Grande River is at its highest 10 year levels so vegetation is growing nicely holding small game and water fowl to that immediate vicinity. Rabbits are no longer as plentiful around the neighborhood as they used to be so that Coyote draw is no longer active. Water, food and shelter are at the top of the Coyote’s list which may be the reason they are staying closer to the river instead of nearby neighborhoods. However, one never knows when the Coyote is going to be active as was demonstrated this past weekend. A local realtor likes to put on neighborhood yard sales this time each year so my wife and I decided it would be a good time to see our neighbors. As we walked past an arroyo/street crossing we knew something had darted behind us but didn’t stop to investigate. An oncoming family pointed to a large bush we had just passed and said they had seen a Coyote run out of the bush just as we passed it. That was interesting in that a Coyote would be this close with all the commotion of the construction and elevated amount of traffic due to the yard sales going on. One never knows!
Well here we are folks more then half way through 2017, still a lot of hot weather ahead of us across the country. Sadly the wild fires are eating up the countryside and along with the loss of animals is the destruction of homes. Take some time to look at your surroundings to know which way to escape should fire come your way.
Stay tuned, there is more to come on the Coyote Cam!