So I was remarking to my daughter a few weeks ago that the only critters I have seen but not photographed this summer are the bobcat, coyote, and skunk. Well, please tell me that God did not hear that as a request, because after my encounter with the coyotes today I know I’m not prepared for a bobcat or even a skunk!
I went in the kitchen to turn off the coffee pot before heading out to the cemetery and our outside cat, Buddy, was whining at the glass door. He had already been fed so I pulled the curtain aside to fuss at him and saw a very different head just a few feet away on the other side of the fence. Thank goodness that isn’t just barbed wire strands or Buddy probably wouldn’t be with us.
The coyotes actually roamed around for several minutes trying to figure out how to get through the fence. When they moved toward the front yard I went out on the porch and yelled at them. One ran off and the other just sat by the fence post and looked at me! I finally banged on the side of the house several times and he left.
I was kind of “spooked” all day and didn’t work in the yard until about two o’clock. I was just finishing with the tulips when I looked up and the calves started running across the west side of the pasture. I had a fleeting thought about the morning, and then sure enough, there was a coyote running past them and into the trees.
I know coyotes are supposed to be afraid of us, but after this morning I think I will make sure that I’m carrying a big stick, hoe, or cane when I go walking…even in my own yard.