(Not So) Daily Coyote

Given my worship of the misunderstood and maligned creatures, the remarkable The Daily Coyote has become a must-visit blog on my regular routes around the internest.

coyote.jpgI had my own encounter with one yesterday biking back from Burbank along Zoo Drive. About halfway between Victory Boulevard and the zoo’s parking lot calmly stood a relatively not-half-starved-nor-mangy ( i.e. almost healthy-looking) specimen of Canis latrans so nicely camouflaged against the spread of aging mulch along the ground upon which it stood that I almost missed it though I passed it not much more than 15 feet away off my right shoulder (and so poorly pixelized at right, sorry).

Coming to a complete stop to admire it further I flipped the camera to unsteadycam video mode and in the course of capturing that footage (after the jump; and pretty much equally craptastic to the still above) I opted to dismount and approach the fearless coyote in an attempt to scoot it — if only temporarily — back up into the hillside away from the road it might have been thinking about crossing and to reinforce that we humans suck and should be avoided at all costs.

I scare because I love.

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5 Replies to “(Not So) Daily Coyote”

  1. I love the Daily Coyote, and I worry a lot about Charlie–and all his little compatriots here in our hills and our deserted streets. I once saw some in the early morning in downtown…here’s hoping they’ve learned to fear humans, because humans haven’t yet learned kindness quite as much.

  2. My daughter and I spotted (and I will admit, fed left over El Pollo Loco chicken to) a coyote on Zoo Drive between the Zoo and Los Felize Blvd. this past thursday. It was only noon-ish so I was supprized, I thought coyotes only came out at night.

  3. Dorit, you’re heart is in the right place in wanting to help that coyote by giving it your leftovers, but in doing so I hope you understand you are doing more harm to it than good. Acclimating wild animals to humans and making them more dependent and less wary puts them at greater risk. You would serve the coyote better by making the animal rely on its instincts and abilities than making it rely on you — especially since it’ll be just as hungry a few hours later and now perhaps looking toward the next human for a handout — one who might not be near as kindhearted as you.

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