So lately we have been dealing with an interesting new problem. And it’s not that there is a coyote hanging about. This happens every year. It’s that I am kind of falling in love with this one.
There is something terrifying about going out to the chicken coop at night and seeing the glint of eyes out in the field. I know it’s there and it’s watching me.
In fact the coyote from last year took off with a bunch of my chickens. I also loved her until she did that. I cursed her as she ran through the fence-line trying to carry three of my chickens away at once. She inspired us to buy a pellet gun.
You see, since I was young I wanted desperately to be a wildlife videographer. After high school I went to college for TV and Film and have been working in the industry on and off ever since. But I have never yet had my chance to disappear into nature for weeks or months and be with the creatures I am filming.
But every once in a while this dangerous wildlife shows up in my backyard. With the pellet gun in one hand and my camera in the other, I set to work taking pictures. This way I can get all the pics I want to until she comes to close. Then I will scare her off by yelling and if that doesn’t work Ill shoot pellets off into the grass around her. This ALWAYS does the trick.
But you see, this one has had no interest in coming close to the house/chickens. Not yet anyways. I watch her for hours sometimes. She catches moles and rolls around and plays. My husky emits long sorrowful howls to her from the window. He doesn’t hide his feelings for the beautiful girl. Good luck Bud! As your mother, that is NOT happening.
I keep a close eye on her. We have an unusual respect for one another. I know what she can do but I also live in a narrow greenbelt where there is available roaming space and food to catch. I have always strived to find a balance with nature so for now she can stay. When the snow arrives she will leave like all the coyotes before her did.