Encounters with Coyotes in the Past and Present


| 8/16/2016 2:22:00 PM


Tags: predator control, wildlife, coyotes, carnivores, Native Peoples, wildlife conservation, wilderness, Geri Vistein, Maine,

 

Fellow intelligent being reading you. Photo by Shreve Stockton 

Time spent speaking with our communities is a part of my work I very much enjoy as a Conservation Biologist. Members of the community get to ask questions they have never had the opportunity to ask before, and share experiences with coyotes they didn’t always understand.  The discussions that follow enrich all that are present.

The final portion of my Coyote presentations, I entitle “Coyote and Us.” Here, I will often ask anyone if they have had an “encounter” with a particular coyote. And just this past week, a member of the audience shared hers:

She was taking a walk down a path and she came upon a coyote that had been napping, tucked away in the shrubbery. Her presence awakened the coyote, who sprung to her feet and trotted off down the path ahead of the woman. Then the coyote stopped, turned around and gazed at the woman. They both stood there looking at each other for several moments. Then the coyote turned around and trotted off.

Many people do not understand what coyotes are about when they stop…turn around….and look at you for awhile. First of all, this is true coyote behavior. Coyotes, like other highly intelligent animals, see us as fellow intelligent beings. And as they stand there and stare at us, they are “reading us.” And they are very good at reading us! All of you who are reading this blog post, and have dogs….may I ask... “Do your dogs read you?”  And “Do you read your dogs?” You know the answer.




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