Wednesday, September 9, 2009

YouTube - Coyote cub singing - BBC wildlife

We have a new family living near the Lodge! We have yet to see them but we hear them all the time. When Ken and Kathy were up last weekend, they heard them. Frightened by the train which passes nearby, they broke into their usual chorus much to Ken's awe. It is an eery sound to be sure and one that makes the hair on the back of one's neck stand on end. Our first knowledge of their existence was last summer when Eric was out at the grill and the wonderful aroma of steak cooking must have enticed them to come closer to the Lodge than their usual comfort zone. By the sounds, a good sized pack was rustling through the undergrowth just on the far side of the stone wall. Luckily the dogs were inside with me, but to be sure things stayed that way, Eric ran inside to warn me of our visitors. I had already heard them and was simultaneously running out to check on Eric. He grabbed a 2x4 to keep by his side while finishing his grilling just in case the smell got the best of the coyotes. Since that time, we have never had them come quite so close, but we hear them most every evening and throughout the night. I love the sound but we are cautious to get the dogs inside whenever their chorus indicates their proximity to the Lodge. Found this short video on You Tube that I thought you might enjoy.

1 comment:

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

I am just sick at how coyotes are maligned and villainized in today's overcrowded society. I grew up living among coyotes (OK, no, I wasn't raised by them) and the singing of a coyote pack is one of the most soothing and delightful sounds in all the world to me.