Have you harassed a coyote today?

In a rare moment of lounging in the family room, I looked out of our mountainside windows. I was so excited at my discovery, I jumped up from the couch and ran to the window. When I was certain of what I saw, I hesitated. Do I grab my camera or share my discovery with my family (who will certainly scare it away)? I did what any good home schooling mom would do…I yelled, “Look, it’s a COYOTE!”

We watched for about 4 ½ minutes as he paced back and forth in the open space behind our house. It struck me as surprising how big he was. Even with the distance between us, I could tell he could take our dog in a heartbeat. Mental note, “Don’t let dog loose in the open space anymore”.

Once we could no longer see “Wiley”, I did the second thing any home school mom does in our era… I Googled- “Coyote”. Once armed with interesting facts, I planned to finish my Colorado Wildlife lesson. But here is the part that made this Florida girl’s heart stop-

According to Wikipedia “Due to an absence of harassment by residents, urban coyotes lose their natural fear of humans, which is further worsened by people intentionally feeding coyotes. In such situations, some coyotes begin to act aggressively toward humans, chasing joggers and bicyclists, confronting people walking their dogs, and stalking small children.[37] Like wolves, non-rabid coyotes usually target small children, mostly under the age of 10, though some adults have been bitten. Some attacks are serious enough to warrant 200 stitches.[38]”

ALL of my children are under age 10! We have cycled, walked, and pushed joggers past the very path Ol’ Wiley was looking down upon! I know we heard a pack of coyote pups just three nights ago. Did they say, “stalking small children?!”

But as I read that paragraph again, I came up with the only solution. Since the attacks are “Due to an absence of harassment…”, I now have a new occupation. We must start a campaign, “Have you harassed a coyote today?” Where is Roadrunner when you need him?!?

-Girl in the Rockies

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One Response to “Have you harassed a coyote today?”

  1. Mandi Says:

    Oh my! Keep those sweet girls close by!

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