These are the sounds we frequently hear late at night, especially if there is a full moon. We have some coyote families that live somewhere near. Even though we are officially designated a town or city we have a lot of canyons full of brush and earthy cliffs as well as other green areas where they can live.
(Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
This one looks more healthy than some of the skinny, mangy looking ones I've seen recently. I suspect ours don't have the thick furry coat because we don't have the really cold winters that those from up north have. My neighbor has seen our local coyotes in the street where we live a good number of times in the early morning (that's not in my vocabulary!) Apparently they dig holes in the earthy cliffs to make a den and are happy to take over ground squirrel tunnels. We have no shortage of ground squirrels so the coyotes are probably fortunate to find plenty of areas to call home. The ground squirrels also make a tasty meal for them. Unfortunately, people's pets are also a meal of choice. That's why many cat owners around here have strictly indoor cats. Coyotes have also been known to attack small children, as well as grab small dogs and cats from the back yard. But human physical contact is not nearly as frequent as you might think when you consider how many coyotes there are in any given area. I think I have heard of only two incidents in the last nearly forty years we have lived here.
My first memories of coyotes have happier overtones -- from the ever popular Roy Rogers and other cowboy movies that I saw rather infrequently around the age of six. The romantic yip, yap and yowl of the coyote remind me of these. But I still keep my cat inside! It's sad I know, but it would be much sadder if one of those coyotes had Scruffy for lunch!
Even so, because I love all animals, I think he is rather beautiful.
Here we are at the tag end of the alphabet for ABC Wednesday, but if you go and take a look at the other participants of Mrs. Nesbitt's project (click on this LINK) you'll be amazed at how many have stayed with the weekly posting, not just for this round of the alphabet, but some participants have joined in for all nine rounds!
Now to find something unique for next week's letter Z.