“Its a Great Life”

Injured Coyote given aid by Arizona golfer?  What’s wrong with this picture? EVERYTHING!  It is good to render aid to sick and injured animals but there must be a point where the professionals are called.  The Coyote pictured does not appear to be injured.  In the above story nothing is said by those on the site of the Coyote encounter about calling the authorities for help.  The Coyote in the video is obviously not afraid of humans.  The golfers attempt to give the Coyote a drink of water.  But wait folks, this encounter with the Coyote takes place on a golf course!  SO – how much water is used on a golf course?  A lot, a whole lot of water is required to keep golf courses lush and green!  How many golf courses contain water hazards? Most every golf course I have been fortunate enough to play has had a water hazard.  Granted, many courses in the southwestern United States only have water hazards when it rains.  None-the-less, golf course water sprinklers provide moisture to birds / animals living on a golf course with far more water then those located in urban or rural lands!  Yes, that includes those golf courses using re-cycled sewage water as well.  What is the significance of a close encounter with a Coyote by two golfers at mid-day?

It is not just a close encounter with a Coyote on a golf course, it is the multiple reports of close encounters with Coyotes at all times of the day through out the United States!  From Auburn Hills Michigan to San Francisco California Coyotes are growing bolder by the day!  Coyotes do not typically approach humans, they are by nature shy and reserved only coming out to hunt for food or water.  That is until Coyotes encounter charitable, well meaning but badly misguided humans such as the hiker in San Francisco. This author has read and examined interactions between humans and wild life in excess of twenty plus years. In almost every case human intervention with wildlife ends badly!  In many cases wildlife suffers more often then humans during and following interventions.  Many cases of humans finding “lost” fawns or bear cubs end with the young animal having to be placed in captivity or at the very worst and as in many cases, euthanized.  Regardless, imagine the plight of the mother having lost its child.  Wildlife mothers find very quickly that loosing infants is a part of their environment- that is the way of nature.  Feeding an animal is worse on so many levels – processed food is not part of any animals diet.  Leaving food out is akin to entrapment.  The animal soon becomes accustomed to having its food provided and looses its desire to fend.  Why work if the food is there every day and its free?

Coyotes learned a long time ago to be stealthy in order to survive other predators. Coyotes used to fear humans and stayed out of sight using stealth to its advantage.  Now the Coyote no longer relies on stealth around humans. The Coyote’s survival instincts have been altered, they no longer have to fear humans – they have become emboldened by humans providing food! Automobiles are just another stampede to circumvent. Coyotes have learned to cross busy roads to obtain the free food left out by humans.  Is it a great life or what?

Stay tuned – there is more to come on the Coyote Cam


3 thoughts on ““Its a Great Life”

  1. Alex January 20, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    You actually make it appear so easy along with your presentation however I in finding this topic to be actually one thing that I think I’d by no means understand. It sort of feels too complex and very large for me. I am having a look forward in your next publish, I’ll try to get the dangle of it!


  2. maxroadster January 23, 2018 / 3:48 am

    First my apologies for taking so long to respond to your comment!

    Human interactions with wildlife are complicated- what’s right and what isn’t right about interacting with wildlife continues to evolve. My father was born on a 1930’s east Texas farm while my mother’s father was a railroad foreman in those days. Even the railroaders had a small family vegetable plot that needed constant attention, it had to be watered and protected from marauding rabbits and squirrels. Back in those days folks were trying to survive and any thing that didn’t help survival was eliminated, no questions asked! The occasional rabbit or squirrel was a nice substitute for farm raised chickens so being handy with a rifle or shotgun was important. However, the family cat, dog along with rabbits and squirrels drew Coyotes. In 1950 my father taught me to shoot a 22 rifle about the time I was six, he made sure I only hunted for something to put on the table. Meanwhile on my Grandfather’s farm Coyotes killed farm animals big and small! Coyotes were shot on sight and left for the vultures to clean up!

    That was then, this is now. There are many more corporate farms these days then family owned farms. Corporate farms engage every square foot of soil that can be planted. Even fence lines are plowed to within permissible tolerances to maximize harvest results, nothing is left for wildlife. What little wildlife that remains is being pushed into urban neighborhoods. There used to be considerable open spans of country between farms and cities though that too, has changed. But it isn’t that big of a deal, the farm grains are being replaced by birdfeeders that not only draw birds but the rabbits and squirrels as well. Yeah the pickings are a little harder but the family pet has been bred to lap status and no longer represents a formidable opponent as they once were. Even when times are hard most of the neighbors leave the trash can lids ajar and easy to knock over. As well the urban neighborhoods are planted so as to accommodate sustainable dens, check out the street dividers in most communities! Large cities demand green areas but guess which species is more apt to use it properly? The Coyote will survive regardless of how we humans determine to rid ourselves of its presence. Time and again studies have proven that when Coyotes are eliminated from an area eventually, more will replace them. Only when the things that support the Coyote’s life are removed will he seek other places to live.

    Good luck to you.


  3. maxroadster April 21, 2018 / 2:42 am

    Here it is four months since your comment. First, Thank You for following my simple blog. As a follow up to your comment Coyotes, to me, are probably the best measure of how we as humans take care of our environment.


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