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