Saturday, January 23, 2010

Coyote

I can usually tell when there are predators around the house. My oldest dog Axel does this thing where he covers his pee with snow or dirt when something bad is in the woods. Well last night and this morning not only was he covering his pee but he was following Conway and Ruby around burying their urine.

About 2 this afternoon the dogs started barking like crazy. I figured it was a deer. This coyote was standing between the front door and the truck, about 10 feet from the house. The dogs were raging but the coyote just stood there looking at them. When I started yelling the gray devil turned and trotted off down the driveway not a care in the world.

This worries me somewhat. The coyote should have taken off when the dogs first started barking and especially when I started yelling. It is possible that he is really hungry or maybe sick. Need to keep my eyes open.

27 comments:

Yukon Mike said...

If the coyote is that close he is too bold and has little fear. Good chance he see's your dogs as an easy meal. I'm not for harming wildlife just trying to survive and eat the way they are programmed to but it's time to dispatch this one before he takes one of your buddies!

www.WorldInfoCD.com said...

I'd be mindful of that coyote - espeically if it returns in the same manner.

What is the picture of? Looks like a dog standing up peeing, lol.

Great blog.

Rourke
WorldInfoCD.com

BigBear said...

I should have grabbed my rifle instead of the camera. Never seen one so bold during the day. They come around at night but are usually a little sneakier during the day.

Bellen said...

I live in a suburban area in SW FL. We have a pack of 5 coyotes that live at the end of our cul-de-sac, 5 undeveloped lots and two greenways (ditch for water runoff) that meet. Last weekend one walked boldly down the greenway, about 100 feet away parallel to the back of my house, looking at me and a neighbor with a large German Shepherd - didn't vary from his course, didn't appear cautious or afraid - we were quite upset.
Not sure why they are here as there seem to be plenty of rabbits, but further south they have attacked small dogs on leashes - now that is scary.

theotherryan said...

I have yet to hear a compelling reason for land owners with pets or animals to not shoot coyotes on sight.

keith said...

there were quite a few out last night in the sagebrush just off our driveway, howling away. Was surprised I couldn't hear the dogs barking.

Karl9x said...

I really don't know too much about coyotes, can they hurt a pit bull? I suppose even just injuries, rabies and fleas are enough to worry about. They also may carry disease that is communicable to dogs. I would probably put it down, wouldn't enjoy having to do it, but it lost it's fear for people and that is a bad sign.

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Karl9x said...

Wonder if your older dog buries his urine because he is feeling his age and avoiding fights because of it, or perhaps he is not an alpha and is predisposed to that behavior? I find animals interesting, and the more I learn the more it seems we aren't as far separated from them as we like to think.

Anonymous said...

Definitely not a natural acting coyote - I also vote for 'terminate with extreme prejudice'. Sounds like a danger for any small animal, possibly even small children if caught out in the open.

Anonymous said...

You in biiiig trouble boy!!!!

You have lost your mind

Whit Spurzon said...

Yotes are opportunists. We have a healthy population here and they have learned that cats make good snacks. Folks frequently drop off unwanted pets on our road and the Yotes get em quick.

My dog tangled with one once. Even being half the weight of my dog that starved coyote held his ground and I was lucky I got there in time to drive it off before serious injury occurred. I foolishly wasn't armed so the Yote got away.

Moontree Ranch said...

We just had a coyote visit yesterday...I wrote a little about it on my blog.

http://kmswoodworks.wordpress.com/2010/01/27/maybelle-the-great-protector/

PS. Big Bear I added you to my blog role..been reading off and on for a while.

Kevin

Anonymous said...

The crazy man in the dream was you.

You are obviously quite completely, and totally insane.

You are out there operating beyond the pale of any reasonable human decency.

www.WorldInfoCD.com said...

Hey - Haven't seen a post in the last coupple weeks. Hope everything is OK.

Roukre

Anonymous said...

He has not posted since he left the country. This man is a dangerous government agent, and Big Bear is in fact code for an entire team of agents mining data on survival types they deam threats to the federal govt.

El Generalissimo said...

B.ig B.ear = B.B. = BIG BROTHER

Anonymous said...

Wow, not good, take that coyote down. I'm glad you mentioned the burying the pee thing, I didn't know that. I don't own any dogs (any pets actually) don't like them. But, very intersting. I read an intesting site where the guy was talking about dogs/cats going feral, when the SHTF, scary, scary imagery. Good luck

seth said...

Hey Big Bear, everything alright out there? Just checkin up on you to make sure all is well. Stay safe.

Anonymous said...

Agent Big Bear (Big Brother) is not here in CONUS>

East10 said...

Are u still up and going let me know.

concerned reader said...

Hey Bear Ridge - you ok out there ??

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Anonymous said...

The coyote was baiting your dogs. This is a common practice of coyotes. A lone coyote shows himself, your dogs take after it. Your dogs are pulled away from there safety net. Then the pack of coyotes will come up on their flank and surround the animal, your pet, and kill them. We train our cow dogs to stay close. If your pet takes off after a coyote, use a whistle instead of calling your pet to get them to stop and return. Your voice will give out before the whistle. The sharp shrill of the whistle surprises the coyotes and your dog returns upon your command. Note, we live and work Saguache/La Garita area and see many coyotes. We always carry a whistle with are gear for survival, you never know when you will be injured on the farm or ranch. Happy Trails, Old Boy

tjbbpgobIII said...

on. at 6:57 on 10/11 is correct about the coyotes luring your dogs, they will also make friends with your dog over a period of several days and take them to the pack to be eaten. So be careful of your pets (dogs anyway, don't care about the cats).

Rob said...

Coyotes seem to be changing their behavior somewhat and becoming less afraid of people. Here in Nova Scotia Canada we've had quite a few around our largest city and there have been a couple of close encounters. In one case a pack of coyotes killed a young woman who was jogging in a national park.
I think they are becoming more agressive of late, perhaps because they seldom run into anyone with a gun in the city and have learned that is safer than out in the woods where folks have firearms and use them.

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