Monday, October 22, 2012

Coyotes in Michigan

Last night I had a new experience. Coyotes!.
I have heard a coyote call before, even two of them howling back and forth to each other. But last night at 10:00 p.m., when saying goodbye to our company, we heard a pack begin to call and yip in the woods behind our house.  They seemed close but I am not sure how far their calls carry in the woods, so they may have been farther away than I thought;  even so, it was loud and unsettling.
About a half hour later my husband took the dog out (always on a leash, just for this reason) and he quickly came back in to get me. The howling had begun once again, but this time they were calling to other packs.  We could hear one pack n the woods across the highway which is only one street away. and the other pack was at the end of the cul-de-sac, a heavily wooded area also. We were surrounded by sounds of the wild.  Multiple calling and yelping back and forth from all sides.  It was absolutely amazing. Terrifying and thrilling at the same time.
These animals, though beautiful can be very destructive to small livestock, cats, and dogs.  But for the most part they keep the rodent and rabbit population under control and feast on carrion, therefore cleaning the environment.
I'll keep a healthy respect for my coyote neighbors, and will always keep my sweet little shih tzu by my side on a leash at night, but I can't wait to hear their wild night calls once again.

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RobinL said...

I think I would have the same reaction. Fascination and fear all at once! I've never heard them here in Ohio, but I've seen them from my car window now and then, lurking about at night.

DocSly said...

These beasts have a frightening howl. I see them on the prairie all the time.