I’m quarantined with my parents in my childhood home, which is RIGHT under a hill. Several coyotes live on the hill. They stay away from the front wing of the hill that comes around across the street and forward of us (probably because that section of the hill is in a mountain lion’s territory - she was spotted with cubs over a year ago and they stay with their mothers for about two years so there might be like, two or three more or less full grown mountain lions in that area right now if any of them survived, which, sadly they tend not to; mama has been sighted this year tho, so she’s still there for sure).
The coyotes probably take advantage of the deer that are all over around here, but the cow pasture behind our neighborhood runs up part of the hill too, and right at the beginning of spring they were fighting mama cows over the calves. You could hear it pretty clear from where I am. Riding by the pasture I could see most or all of the calves survived, and I’m not sure all the coyotes did, judging from the couple nights I heard a rifle up there. It for sure sounded like one of them picked up some lead one night, which I don’t agree with but it must be hard to let them kill a calf too, so idk.
There’s still at least 4 of them (sounds like about 8, but that’s a trick the coyotes are good at, and after several efforts I think I’ve picked out 4 separate voices going at once). Tonight it sounds like they’ve split up, there’s only two of them vocalizing over here. And when I say over here, I mean about 3 or 4 blocks away. And the dogs over that way are not happy about it.
Personally, I suspect those coyotes got some dog genes themselves, because when I was a kid there was a pack of feral dogs up there instead. That was back when there was a small herd of escaped goats that used to come down and hang out with the cows sometimes, and once when I was hiking I found what was left of one of the goats and I’m pretty sure it was the dogs that ate it.
I was telling my friend a while ago that the coyotes were the reason I was careful around here at night (there’s like ONE light on my street, which dead ends a little way up the hill) because while the cougar doesn’t seem to come down at all, we did spot a coyote in the field at the edge of our driveway a couple months ago. My friend was like, what, you’re scared of a coyote, they’re kinda small aren’t they? And I had to explain that no, I’m not too concerned with one coyote, but four of them sounds like a bad time.
Anyway, that’s the wildlife report for where I’m at