31 thoughts on “Summer Coyote”

  1. Great shot. He is perhaps luckier than his kin in Stanley Park. They certainly have become a problem for human park users. Have a great Sunday Lynette. Allan

    1. This one was standing in the road just outside my front door a few days ago. Not too concerned, but his young companion ran off. Yes, Stanley Park has become quite an issue. During our last trip we only went during the day and in more well travelled areas. A recent study with night-cameras has shown that part of the problem is the garbage being left by early morning partiers; in some cases there are hundreds of people attending.

    2. There’s an open season on them here in North Carolina with no limit. You have to have a hunting license for safety purposes but, other than that, go for it, big daddy. It’s sad, I know, but there it is.

      1. Hunting (of any animal) in Canada is very regulated, and it would never be allowed in a park. I believe that we humans need to get on better with other species. For the most part, we don’t need to hunt any more.

        1. We have a predator shortage here in WNC and bears don’t count since, in this environment, there’s not that much need for them to seek out prey. There are lots of oak trees, so acorns are plentiful most years. Garbage and bird feeders are always in season and the well intentioned humans who will eventually lead them to their deaths are always good for a meal. As far as the coyote population here is concerned, I say there has never been a better reason to buy a new rifle. Humans do more to preserve the ecological balance than those varmints do. They won’t go after a turkey, let alone run down a deer, and why would they when a fat lazy cat will just lie there in the sun and someone else’s happy stupid rescue dog will walk right up to one, wagging his tail? They breed with dogs and then you get coy-dogs and they’re even worse. Imagine a coyote/ Rottweiler mix, now think about a pack of them. A single coyote is cowardly, but they gain a bit of courage in a group.
          Wild animals don’t understand the rules of behavior in wild and developed areas and, sadly, it would seem a lot of humans don’t either. For all that, this fact remains: Every living thing has the right to live somewhere, but that doesn’t mean anywhere they want.
          Then there’s the rest of the hunting. There are not enough predators living in the wild around here to effectively control the deer population, so now we have to be the predators or else be up to our asses in sick, undernourished animals.
          Now here’s one for the people who think hunting is cruel. I have known a lot of hunters in my time. A lot of them are serious rednecks with some reprehensible political and social views but I have never known one who wouldn’t follow a blood trail as far as it took to live up to their responsibility as a hunter to show mercy to an animal they wounded with a bad shot and to finish the task they set out to do. It’s a point of honor and a matter of respect. Most of them practice their marksmanship skills in the off season to increase their chances of a clean kill. Emphasis on clean. I would submit that a bullet through the heart is a better way to go than pretty much anything that could happen in the wild. This is competition for resources, as it has always been. Could it be handled better? Yes, but not by making rules, rather by teaching people that it is foolish and dangerous to be friends with a bear. It’s dangerous to you and it’s dangerous to them. You adapt to survive and bears will too. The friendliest you can be to a bear is too show him that your yard is not a bear-friendly place.
          I realize that BC is a whole different world (Lucky you) Around here it’s hard to go 25 miles without passing through a town so that’s a whole different set of problems. Maybe one day we won’t have any of these problems but I don’t think many of us will be too happy about that. It would seem that I got a bit of bear in my coyote comment. Sorry about that. Have a good one and keep your head on a swivel, there are wild animals around.

          1. You cover a lot of ground in your comment, so I’m just going to address the highlights as best I can. There are people who depend on hunting and traplines, but they are a minority (here anyway, and many are First Nations). Most of them are respectful and won’t let an animal suffer; they also use everything the animal has to offer. The vast majority of us don’t depend on hunting, don’t need it, and probably wouldn’t have a clue about how to use a hunting rifle (I am former military, so I’m weapons educated).
            Coyotes are just doing what coyotes do; that’s their evolution. My experience is that most single humans are hesitant, but put them in a group or pack? I’ve seen that negative behaviour in more ways than I care to remember. There is power in numbers. My opinion (for whatever it’s worth) is that we humans are not in any way superior to the animals around us. Their evolution demands that they take advantage so that they can survive. So does ours. The difference is that we’re smart enough (or should be) to realise that we don’t really need that any more and should be leaving the bears, coyotes and wolves to get on with their existence without our interference.
            However, we are in two quite different countries though and our cultures and experiences are divergent, despite the common language. I agree that we do have the luxury of space, and that does change the realities.

          2. I think we’re pretty close to agreeing on this. I’m certainly not trying to assert any kind of moral superiority on this matter but I will say I’m only ready to put up with a certain amount of trouble from anyone and that includes furry little animals. That cute little family of groundhogs that just wants to live in peace? I’m all about it until they start undermining the foundation of my house, which they will if I allow it. I have trapped four and spray painted a big orange dot on each of their asses before I let them go a couple miles up the road. One returned and I lured him with a piece of cantaloupe, then I shot him in the head. He never knew what hit him because I am a marksman and I won’t take a bad shot. I’ve never killed a coyote because I have never had the need. I still don’t care for them but the world is full of things I don’t like and I don’t kill them. I set boundaries by going out after dark and taking a pee at different places around my yard, since critters can’t read signs. I think I’m doing my part. When I called a single coyote cowardly I wasn’t making a comparison and I certainly agree that most humans are the same way. You’re right to say that we live in two very different places but I don’t think we’re all that different as people.

      1. I have found very few people who don’t think the same way. Everyone really felt sorry for poor Wile E… while still chortling at his demises. Very much like my Buster!

  2. I have seen coyotes up here and a neighbor who keeps sheep has lost lambs to them. One day I spied one running along the side of one of the houses right here in the community. He or she was after a cat. One good reason IMHO to keep pets indoors OR in a fully fenced in backyard. ZIggy would look like a Scooby snack to such an animal I’m sure! 🙂

    1. There’s no way you would let out a cat here. They would be lunch for a raven, a wolf, a badger, a coyote. Small dogs, too. Ziggy would be an attractive snack! Up here is really the land of the predator. Coyotes do seem to be unfazed by humans and in fact will attack if they think they can get a meal.

  3. Nice photo of the coyote. I have mixed feelings about them, mainly because they are moving too close to urban areas. But I suppose they are smart and adaptive so sometimes we have problems with them. Not here on the island, but we do have wolves – plenty of them on the central and northern part of the island.

    1. They are just doing what coyotes do to survive, I guess, and they see humans as a source of food. People will deliberately feed them, too, which encourages them more. They also do that with bears, as well. We have signs up here that say “A fed bear is a dead bear.” So true. I think coyotes may be experiencing the same issue.

      1. Yes, I agree. Even with the squirrel feeding, I make sure not to make them dependent on it. I don’t want them coming into the house. But with bears and coyotes, it really emboldens them. Raccoons too. There are people who feed them and think it’s cute but it just makes for more negative interactions with people and their pets.

        1. Yes, I think bears, coyotes and many other animals are quite different from the squirrels or birds. And you have been careful to minimise your contact with little Lincoln. We have bears who lie in the middle of the road looking for handouts, and then they stick their heads inside the vehicle when people stop next to them (pretty dumb, imho). Next the bear is reported by the scared silly people, and it’s put down by a wildlife officer. People can be such selfish idiots!

  4. Healthy, indeed! One of the neighbors on our neighborhood Facebook page posted a picture of a bobcat in her backyard–and oh, my! It was bigger than I expected it would be–quite well fed.

    1. Bobcats can be quite large, and they climb trees, too. Years ago, a friend took a photo of his family while they were out hiking. When he developed the photos (do you remember that process?? 🙂 ) he saw a bobcat in one of the trees above his family’s heads. What a shock he had! He showed that photo to everyone he knew because he was afraid no one would believe him!

    1. Thank you. I was inside and the coyote was in the driveway about 6 metres away, but I wasn’t going out on the step! We do get to see many animals and in the north there is a lot of space for them. We humans are the minority. 🙂

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