Desk-bound Nature Lover

My Blog: Occasional postings about the joys of birding, hiking, camping, and sightseeing.

My life: I spend most of my days in offices, looking at a computer screen, and waiting for those few weekends when I can get out and enjoy some remnant of our precious natural heritage. But, boy, do I live on those weekends!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Magical Moment with a Coyote

About a week ago I experienced a rare magical moment in my own neighborhood. I had taken my dog out for a pee about a quarter hour after sunset, as the last light of the day was fading. Away to the south I heard a Great Horned Owl hooting. From the sound of it, I thought I might be able to see it, so I walked with the dog on the leash down out of the cul du sac where we live. I could not see the owl, but as we were standing on the road a coyote came trotting across the lawns parallel to the road. It seemed to be gliding through the dark, like a grey ghost of the great natural beauty that once was here. It made a wide arc to avoid us, but then headed directly on its way, toward a small wooded area.

The dog saw it and wanted to play! She wagged her tail and pulled on the leash, as hard as I had ever felt her pull. I suppose it would be reading too much into the situation to suppose she heard the call of the wild when she saw that coyote. Rather, it would be projecting my feelings onto my dog.

The village officials in this accursed, beauty-blind suburb have coyotes shot whenever they become a "nuisance" (meaning, whenever they become too careless about being seen), and lament in the village newsletter that "unfortunately" it is not practical to shoot them all. I can't imagine how these animals could be less of a nuisance.

The traditional Native American were so right to venerate this awesome animal, and we are so very, very wrong to treat them as vermin.


At 7:12 PM, November 04, 2007, Blogger BOSLady said...

The one and only time I have seen a Coyote in real life it displayed the cleverest behavior I could imagine. It knew where my line of sight would be and moved through a golf course with amazing skill using every bunker and tree as block. He/she made it away with only the tiniest bits of fur sneaking out between illusions of not being there.

My son's father tells a great story. His father, a hunter and tough guy hit a coyote on the road, he actually sped up to hit him when he saw him crossing the country lane that wound down to their rural house. After hitting the coyote, he got out of the car and threw it in the trunk, 'to train the dogs on' he said. Likely to feed the hounds. A few miles later they arrived back at the house and he went to get the carcass out of the car. When he popped the trunk the beastie leapt up and ran away! The sons laughed and laughed at the trick.

At 2:19 PM, February 28, 2008, Blogger Durand said...

I wish you were still posting. Your perspective provides an interesting read.


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