It's time for Tuesdays' Show & Tail' over at Angela's West Virginia Treasures! If you have a story and picture of wild life, a pet, or any furry (or non-furry) friend, you are welcome to join in! Check her blog for the rules, post away - and thanks, Angela, for hosting!
Living in the woods presents wonderful opportunities for sights and sounds that just are not available to the city folk. At night coyotes are prowling, playing, and searching for food, and oftentimes can be heard in the distance, howling at the moon.
I saw my first live coyote when living in Illinois. It was roaming about in daylight, on the side of the road, and quickly trotted across a plowed field when I slowed my car to get a better look. At first glance its appearance was similar to a German Shepherd dog, but as I got closer, I could see it was not a dog at all. It looked rather gaunt and rangy, ribs showing, and it carried its tail lower than its body as it took off. Because it was out at daylight alarmed me, because I thought they were only out at night. The fact is, they are active both day and night, but their peak activities occur in the evening and nightfall.
Coyotes live about 6 to 8 years in the wild, and can live longer in zoo habitats. If starvation and disease doesn't get them, hunters will. They are considered a pest, and there are men that advertise for hunting locations, and offer to kill coyotes if you will allow them access to your property. Coyotes eat almost anything, and have no problem consuming berries, mice, rabbits, garbage, pet foods, insects, and smaller livestock, like sheep, calves, and poultry. They will also go after unattended dogs and cats, so if you have pets, keep an eye on them!