Nature came to me this weekend. It was magical to be able to observe this coyote nibble at crab apples from a fallen branch right outside of my window!
I live on the fringe of the city and along a river, so it’s natural for wildlife to drop in but it’s a rare day that I get to see them up close.
Here are some facts about coyotes:
- a pair of coyotes usually mate for life
- they are solo hunters, not hunting in packs
- coyotes are omnivores, mainly surviving on rodents, rabbits & berries but they are opportunist so they will eat other small animals including small pets, so take precautions
- coyotes are generally shy and wary of humans, but you still shouldn’t approach or feed them
- the biggest threat to coyotes are being hit by vehicles or starving
- coyotes can run 10 – 15 km in a day
I’ve heard from some people that it should be shot. Before you go that far, this video explains how there is a place for everything, and how wolves have improved the ecosystem in a National Park.