I am sitting on the back porch enjoying the sitting sun relishing an adult libation and reflecting on life . . . . being retired has a lot of advantages and disadvantages. Family is relatively simple – my daughter and her husband are pursuing successful careers while the grand kids are grown and just starting their careers. On the down side, multiple doctor appointments as we enter our “Golden Years.” Let me caution you about these “Golden Years,” take really good care of your health and be mindful of your financial situations as you progress through adulthood! Now all of this has nothing to do with Coyotes – right?
Reflecting on one’s life has as much importance for Coyotes and maybe more so. The animal kingdom has been around a lot longer then humans, its a fact. Animals are born with out much hope of becoming young adults let alone seniors. The reason most animals die at an early age is bad health but more often as not is predation from other animals. Animals survive via a learning process which also includes lower life forms (and I am not talking about human thugs here). Most animals start life with two strikes against them. First, young animals have a high mortality rate and the rest of their lives does not get any better from there! The second strike against all animals is finding food and shelter. So is it easier to obtain food and shelter in the wilderness or from humans? Who has the most attractive shelters and the best tasting food ?
Humans! Does living among humans pose a problem- Yes and No. It may take a few generations of Coyotes to understand survival needs in the city but they adapt better then other wild life. Over the past issues of this blog multiple pictures of Coyotes have been published of them doing some amazing things. How about pictures of Coyotes walking across a frozen river taken by a US Coast Guard Cutter just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Ever seen a Coyote walk over the balcony roof of a bar? You can see it in the archives here. Really amazing are the photos of Coyotes waiting at a street intersection waiting for the lights to change so they can safely cross!
All of those “learned skills” are necessary to live in the city! Alright, you might say, so they can learn some stunts – how does that help them survive in the city? Those stunts are the tools needed to find food and shelter. Don’t forget they also have the ability to disappear. Wait a minute, Coyotes can’t just disappear. Actually what they have learned to do is to blend in with the background and remain extremely still even when within just inches of a predator / human. That knack for staying hidden is part of their stealth skills learned from millennia of being hunted by alpha predators. Stealth is a large part of how Coyotes can survive and do more then just thrive in threatening environments. Almost daily the media reports instances of owners walking their small dog down a common path bordered by low shrubs and bushes. All of a sudden a Coyote appears out of nowhere and attacks the small dog. No! The Coyote did not suddenly appear out of no where. The Coyote was crouched low in the vegetation bidding its time! Through its sense of smell and hearing the Coyote had learned that many domesticated, small animals (dogs) walked this path daily. Too, the Coyote is blazing fast when compared to other animals its size and weight. Adult Coyotes have been known to hit 35 miles per hour. Life skills come very quickly to Coyotes . . that or they do not survive. Its is good to sit safely on the back porch enjoying the sitting sun reflecting on life.
Stay tuned – there is more to come on the Coyote Cam