Late on a Sunday night, you are out walking your dachshund when you hear this barking, yipping, howling ruckus in the distance. “A couple of coyotes chatting,” you comment to your dog. As you walk, you notice one of your neighbors has put their trash, including loosely tied bags, on the curb already. You wonder what kind of mess there will be in the morning from coyotes, raccoons or other animals digging out a snack. Your walk stops long enough for your dog to poop and you dutifully clean it up.
As your walk continues, you spot a coyote trotting out of a carport a few houses down. “They must have left out the cat bowl with food again,” you tell your dog. “Lucky coyote to find such an easy dinner. I hope they at least brought the cat inside. An unsuspecting house cat is easier to catch than a rabbit or rat.” You keep a wary eye on the coyote to make sure he does not come too close or think too hard about turning your dachshund into dinner. As you turn the corner, you and the coyote are startled to find each other only a yard apart. As you wave your arms around you yell, “Go on now! Get out of here!” The coyote looks at you before running back behind the house out of your view.
Your dog sees a rabbit before you do and strains at the end of the leash wanting to chase it. Deciding you have had enough close encounters with wildlife for one night, you turn back towards home. Trash is strewn in your neighbors’ yard and a coyote is happily feasting on leftovers. “And people wonder why they are seeing and hearing coyotes so ofte,” you mutter to yourself. “It is easy to become a nuisance when you are invited to do so.” The coyote is too involved in gorging itself to even bother more than a glance as you walk by carrying your dachshund. You gently set your dog down as you walk into your yard. As you head into your house for the night, you reflect on how lucky you feel to have so much wildlife so close in such a populated area as Dunwoody.
The moral of the story:
Personally I think it is amazing that, with all the development and the shrinking wildlife habitat, we are lucky to have such an abundance of wildlife still in Dunwoody. Growing up here, I never thought I would get to hear the howls and yips of coyotes in the “wilds” of Dunwoody.
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