I take Luna on walks almost every morning as a part of our daily routine. It keeps me active while keeping Luna occupied (an hourly task in itself). This morning I headed out with Luna to the little neighborhood down the street where we like to walk. In this neighborhood there is a small park with a nature trail that the Home Owner’s Association built for the families.
Curious as to where the trail led, Luna and I decided to venture down. Like most nature trails in Texas, the scenery was full of cacti, dead bushes and rocks. I also noticed these big piles of sticks and rocks which looked man-made, but I couldn’t be quite sure. They almost reminded me of Beaver lodges.
As we continued our walk, I started to get this uneasy feeling. Then, I heard something that sounded like a dog crying. I kept walking a little farther and heard the sound again. After first I thought it might be a dog in trouble, but then I remembered coyotes live in the area, and that big pile of rocks and sticks might have been their home.
I yelled a big ‘Hell to the NO’ and turned Luna and I turned around as fast as I could. We walked (calmly) back to the entrance just in case there were any big animals watching us…which I certainly felt there were. To be honest we weren’t very far from the beginning of the trail, but I couldn’t get there fast enough when I realized what could have been close by.
Being the curious person that I am, I googled coyote calls the second Luna and I were ‘safe’. This is what I found and this is what I heard. (The sound was similar to Coyote Pup or Coyote 2.) I also read that January to March is coyote mating season.
The more I read about it, the more uncomfortable I got about everything. Apparently, coyotes are very curious animals and like to watch dog walkers from a distance, mainly because they recognize that dogs look like them. There have been some instances of coyotes actually attempting to play with dogs! I’m pretty sure Luna would have gone all bat-poo cray cray on it if one ever tried to do that to her when I was around.
Moral of the story: don’t walk your dog on nature trails unless you’re fully aware of what type of ‘nature’ might be lurking among the dead foliage.
Here are some tips on how to protect yourself and your dog if you do ever come across a coyote in the wild.