Coyote ~ 5 of 10 photos

Coyote ~ 5 of 10 photos
Easy Healthy Dinners
Image by Urban Woodswalker
Couple days ago I had one of the biggest scares of my life. Literally.

Walking my beloved Jack Russel Snoopy, in the prairie where we have walked for years …a coyote followed us for a distance, at very close range. Statistically Jack Russel Terriers are number 3 on the list of coyote pet dog breed attacks. 3 different times I stopped on the path to snap pix, and observe the subtle actions of the coyote. The first time it just kept walking closer in a slow relaxed manner. Head was not down, ears not back- both are stalking / predation mannerisms). Still, the third time, after I turned to stand tall, and started walking a step towards the coyote (A communication of I am the boss here) it disappeared into the tall grass…allowing me to think it had left us. but a minute later and its back walking along right after us. This freaked me out, as it implies so many obvious horrible things .

You should NOT run away… when "stalked" by a coyote. As we walked back the long way to the car…..(relaxing afternoon nature walk was definitely OVER). I had such a wide mix of emotions. I wanted to run, screaming hysterically. I wanted to grab a big stick (there weren’t any in the prairie…and really, I do not want a coyote to get that close to Snoopy or myself in the first place. ) I definitely nearly soiled my panties.

However, being educated about urban wildlife…I allowed my brain to figure out this potential disaster. first, the car is 3/4 mile away. We have to walk out of this. The time of year…October…means a very low time of coyote pet predation. There is plenty to eat , and the energy spent trying to go for a dog meal would not be wise, nor the potential massive injuries involved….innately any intelligent predator knows this.

The coyote was relaxed, not sickly looking. So it could hunt effectively on rodents, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, and opossums which are its normal diet along with fruits, and seeds found in nature. Coyotes also dine on deer fawns, deer road kill, and Canada goose eggs…all of which are abundant in my region. So was I just imagining the coyote "stalking us…my Jack Russel Terrier…for dinner meal?

Perhaps the coyote was just using the path…which coyotes have been doing for years now and are entitled to use just as much as hikers, bikers, dog walkers, and horse back riders do. Their scat markings are abundant, and over the past 5 years I have seen (only) 4 coyote sitings, but hundreds of scats on the very path we walk. Was the coyote just habituated to humans so much that it did not run when it saw us walking? Why was it so diligent in following so close behind us., and even returning to follow after my back was turned 3 times…the last sneakily walking into the tall brush, only to come back out to follow again when my back was turned?

I decided to turn and face the coyote again, and by this time it was nervous enough (from the 2 other times I stood to face it) to disappear in the tall grass for good….which made me feel better and yet more scared…as now I could not see what it was up to, and maybe there was more then one….and if they were hunting us, I really had a problem. But all turned out well. I think I will buy an air horn and some predator spray. The thing is though, I need to educate the coyote not to come so close. and air horn makes more sense then a close contact spray. I want the coyote to live a long healthy life, and if it follows someone not so accepting of urban wildlife predators…..its going to lose it life after complaints are made. I feel worried, not only for my and Snoopy’s safety, but the coyote as well. Coyotes and humans CAN live peacefully together. Its only when coyotes lose their fear of humans that problems arise.

www.easterncoyoteresearch.com/LivingWithCoyotes.html
Do’s and Don’ts in Coyote Country:

1. DO chase them away and make noise (bang pots and pans) if you don’t want them in your yard.

2. DO make noise when you are outside especially if coyotes are often in your area (like a den site nearby). They will often change their course of direction when they hear people. Bring a whistle or horn to scare them away from you.

3. DO NOT feed coyotes or other animals. Even if you are feeding birds (e.g., suet) or other animals (like raccoons) coyotes will be attracted to your yard just like any other animal looking for an easy handout.

4. DO NOT feed your pets outside for the same reason as #3.

5. Just as importantly, DO NOT let your neighbors feed wildlife. Coyotes travel tremendous distances and a coyote regularly coming to your neighbor’s yard for a free handout will surely pass through your yard to get there. A habituated coyotes is a potential problem coyote.

6. Absolutely DO NOT let your cat outside if you are truly concerned with its health. Coyotes are just one of many mortality factors for outdoor cats.

7. DO leash your dogs. Although coyotes may follow a leashed dog out of curiosity (to the concern of the person), it is extremely rare for them to actually get within contact of your pet.

8. DO enjoy their presence and the fact that having this wily predator adds to the mystique of your (potentially even urban) neighborhood. Try to minimize your conflicts with these creatures by following these simple precautions.

Coyote ~ 6 of 10 photos

Coyote ~ 6 of 10 photos
Easy Healthy Dinners
Image by Urban Woodswalker
Couple days ago I had one of the biggest scares of my life. Literally.

Walking my beloved Jack Russel Snoopy, in the prairie where we have walked for years …a coyote followed us for a distance, at very close range. Statistically Jack Russel Terriers are number 3 on the list of coyote pet dog breed attacks. 3 different times I stopped on the path to snap pix, and observe the subtle actions of the coyote. The first time it just kept walking closer in a slow relaxed manner. Head was not down, ears not back- both are stalking / predation mannerisms). Still, the third time, after I turned to stand tall, and started walking a step towards the coyote (A communication of I am the boss here) it disappeared into the tall grass…allowing me to think it had left us. but a minute later and its back walking along right after us. This freaked me out, as it implies so many obvious horrible things .

You should NOT run away… when "stalked" by a coyote. As we walked back the long way to the car…..(relaxing afternoon nature walk was definitely OVER). I had such a wide mix of emotions. I wanted to run, screaming hysterically. I wanted to grab a big stick (there weren’t any in the prairie…and really, I do not want a coyote to get that close to Snoopy or myself in the first place. ) I definitely nearly soiled my panties.

However, being educated about urban wildlife…I allowed my brain to figure out this potential disaster. first, the car is 3/4 mile away. We have to walk out of this. The time of year…October…means a very low time of coyote pet predation. There is plenty to eat , and the energy spent trying to go for a dog meal would not be wise, nor the potential massive injuries involved….innately any intelligent predator knows this.

The coyote was relaxed, not sickly looking. So it could hunt effectively on rodents, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, and opossums which are its normal diet along with fruits, and seeds found in nature. Coyotes also dine on deer fawns, deer road kill, and Canada goose eggs…all of which are abundant in my region. So was I just imagining the coyote "stalking us…my Jack Russel Terrier…for dinner meal?

Perhaps the coyote was just using the path…which coyotes have been doing for years now and are entitled to use just as much as hikers, bikers, dog walkers, and horse back riders do. Their scat markings are abundant, and over the past 5 years I have seen (only) 4 coyote sitings, but hundreds of scats on the very path we walk. Was the coyote just habituated to humans so much that it did not run when it saw us walking? Why was it so diligent in following so close behind us., and even returning to follow after my back was turned 3 times…the last sneakily walking into the tall brush, only to come back out to follow again when my back was turned?

I decided to turn and face the coyote again, and by this time it was nervous enough (from the 2 other times I stood to face it) to disappear in the tall grass for good….which made me feel better and yet more scared…as now I could not see what it was up to, and maybe there was more then one….and if they were hunting us, I really had a problem. But all turned out well. I think I will buy an air horn and some predator spray. The thing is though, I need to educate the coyote not to come so close. and air horn makes more sense then a close contact spray. I want the coyote to live a long healthy life, and if it follows someone not so accepting of urban wildlife predators…..its going to lose it life after complaints are made. I feel worried, not only for my and Snoopy’s safety, but the coyote as well. Coyotes and humans CAN live peacefully together. Its only when coyotes lose their fear of humans that problems arise.

**************************************************************************************************

www.easterncoyoteresearch.com/LivingWithCoyotes.html
Do’s and Don’ts in Coyote Country:

1. DO chase them away and make noise (bang pots and pans) if you don’t want them in your yard.

2. DO make noise when you are outside especially if coyotes are often in your area (like a den site nearby). They will often change their course of direction when they hear people. Bring a whistle or horn to scare them away from you.

3. DO NOT feed coyotes or other animals. Even if you are feeding birds (e.g., suet) or other animals (like raccoons) coyotes will be attracted to your yard just like any other animal looking for an easy handout.

4. DO NOT feed your pets outside for the same reason as #3.

5. Just as importantly, DO NOT let your neighbors feed wildlife. Coyotes travel tremendous distances and a coyote regularly coming to your neighbor’s yard for a free handout will surely pass through your yard to get there. A habituated coyotes is a potential problem coyote.

6. Absolutely DO NOT let your cat outside if you are truly concerned with its health. Coyotes are just one of many mortality factors for outdoor cats.

7. DO leash your dogs. Although coyotes may follow a leashed dog out of curiosity (to the concern of the person), it is extremely rare for them to actually get within contact of your pet.

8. DO enjoy their presence and the fact that having this wily predator adds to the mystique of your (potentially even urban) neighborhood. Try to minimize your conflicts with these creatures by following these simple precautions.

See next photo…

Coyote ~ 4 of 10 photos

Coyote ~ 4 of 10 photos
Easy Healthy Dinners
Image by Urban Woodswalker
Couple days ago I had one of the biggest scares of my life. Literally.

Walking my beloved Jack Russel Snoopy, in the prairie where we have walked for years …a coyote followed us for a distance, at very close range. Statistically Jack Russel Terriers are number 3 on the list of coyote pet dog breed attacks. 3 different times I stopped on the path to snap pix, and observe the subtle actions of the coyote. The first time it just kept walking closer in a slow relaxed manner. Head was not down, ears not back- both are stalking / predation mannerisms). Still, the third time, after I turned to stand tall, and started walking a step towards the coyote (A communication of I am the boss here) it disappeared into the tall grass…allowing me to think it had left us. but a minute later and its back walking along right after us. This freaked me out, as it implies so many obvious horrible things .

You should NOT run away… when "stalked" by a coyote. As we walked back the long way to the car…..(relaxing afternoon nature walk was definitely OVER). I had such a wide mix of emotions. I wanted to run, screaming hysterically. I wanted to grab a big stick (there weren’t any in the prairie…and really, I do not want a coyote to get that close to Snoopy or myself in the first place. ) I definitely nearly soiled my panties.

However, being educated about urban wildlife…I allowed my brain to figure out this potential disaster. first, the car is 3/4 mile away. We have to walk out of this. The time of year…October…means a very low time of coyote pet predation. There is plenty to eat , and the energy spent trying to go for a dog meal would not be wise, nor the potential massive injuries involved….innately any intelligent predator knows this.

The coyote was relaxed, not sickly looking. So it could hunt effectively on rodents, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, and opossums which are its normal diet along with fruits, and seeds found in nature. Coyotes also dine on deer fawns, deer road kill, and Canada goose eggs…all of which are abundant in my region. So was I just imagining the coyote "stalking us…my Jack Russel Terrier…for dinner meal?

Perhaps the coyote was just using the path…which coyotes have been doing for years now and are entitled to use just as much as hikers, bikers, dog walkers, and horse back riders do. Their scat markings are abundant, and over the past 5 years I have seen (only) 4 coyote sitings, but hundreds of scats on the very path we walk. Was the coyote just habituated to humans so much that it did not run when it saw us walking? Why was it so diligent in following so close behind us., and even returning to follow after my back was turned 3 times…the last sneakily walking into the tall brush, only to come back out to follow again when my back was turned?

I decided to turn and face the coyote again, and by this time it was nervous enough (from the 2 other times I stood to face it) to disappear in the tall grass for good….which made me feel better and yet more scared…as now I could not see what it was up to, and maybe there was more then one….and if they were hunting us, I really had a problem. But all turned out well. I think I will buy an air horn and some predator spray. The thing is though, I need to educate the coyote not to come so close. and air horn makes more sense then a close contact spray. I want the coyote to live a long healthy life, and if it follows someone not so accepting of urban wildlife predators…..its going to lose it life after complaints are made. I feel worried, not only for my and Snoopy’s safety, but the coyote as well. Coyotes and humans CAN live peacefully together. Its only when coyotes lose their fear of humans that problems arise.

*****************************************************************************

www.easterncoyoteresearch.com/LivingWithCoyotes.html
Do’s and Don’ts in Coyote Country:

1. DO chase them away and make noise (bang pots and pans) if you don’t want them in your yard.

2. DO make noise when you are outside especially if coyotes are often in your area (like a den site nearby). They will often change their course of direction when they hear people. Bring a whistle or horn to scare them away from you.

3. DO NOT feed coyotes or other animals. Even if you are feeding birds (e.g., suet) or other animals (like raccoons) coyotes will be attracted to your yard just like any other animal looking for an easy handout.

4. DO NOT feed your pets outside for the same reason as #3.

5. Just as importantly, DO NOT let your neighbors feed wildlife. Coyotes travel tremendous distances and a coyote regularly coming to your neighbor’s yard for a free handout will surely pass through your yard to get there. A habituated coyotes is a potential problem coyote.

6. Absolutely DO NOT let your cat outside if you are truly concerned with its health. Coyotes are just one of many mortality factors for outdoor cats.

7. DO leash your dogs. Although coyotes may follow a leashed dog out of curiosity (to the concern of the person), it is extremely rare for them to actually get within contact of your pet.

8. DO enjoy their presence and the fact that having this wily predator adds to the mystique of your (potentially even urban) neighborhood. Try to minimize your conflicts with these creatures by following these simple precautions.

See next photo…

Coyote ~ 3 of 10 photos

Coyote ~ 3 of 10 photos
Easy Healthy Dinners
Image by Urban Woodswalker
Couple days ago I had one of the biggest scares of my life. Literally.

Walking my beloved Jack Russel Snoopy, in the prairie where we have walked for years …a coyote followed us for a distance, at very close range. Statistically Jack Russel Terriers are number 3 on the list of coyote pet dog breed attacks. 3 different times I stopped on the path to snap pix, and observe the subtle actions of the coyote. The first time it just kept walking closer in a slow relaxed manner. Head was not down, ears not back- both are stalking / predation mannerisms). Still, the third time, after I turned to stand tall, and started walking a step towards the coyote (A communication of I am the boss here) it disappeared into the tall grass…allowing me to think it had left us. but a minute later and its back walking along right after us. This freaked me out, as it implies so many obvious horrible things .

You should NOT run away… when "stalked" by a coyote. As we walked back the long way to the car…..(relaxing afternoon nature walk was definitely OVER). I had such a wide mix of emotions. I wanted to run, screaming hysterically. I wanted to grab a big stick (there weren’t any in the prairie…and really, I do not want a coyote to get that close to Snoopy or myself in the first place. ) I definitely nearly soiled my panties.

However, being educated about urban wildlife…I allowed my brain to figure out this potential disaster. first, the car is 3/4 mile away. We have to walk out of this. The time of year…October…means a very low time of coyote pet predation. There is plenty to eat , and the energy spent trying to go for a dog meal would not be wise, nor the potential massive injuries involved….innately any intelligent predator knows this.

The coyote was relaxed, not sickly looking. So it could hunt effectively on rodents, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, and opossums which are its normal diet along with fruits, and seeds found in nature. Coyotes also dine on deer fawns, deer road kill, and Canada goose eggs…all of which are abundant in my region. So was I just imagining the coyote "stalking us…my Jack Russel Terrier…for dinner meal?

Perhaps the coyote was just using the path…which coyotes have been doing for years now and are entitled to use just as much as hikers, bikers, dog walkers, and horse back riders do. Their scat markings are abundant, and over the past 5 years I have seen (only) 4 coyote sitings, but hundreds of scats on the very path we walk. Was the coyote just habituated to humans so much that it did not run when it saw us walking? Why was it so diligent in following so close behind us., and even returning to follow after my back was turned 3 times…the last sneakily walking into the tall brush, only to come back out to follow again when my back was turned?

I decided to turn and face the coyote again, and by this time it was nervous enough (from the 2 other times I stood to face it) to disappear in the tall grass for good….which made me feel better and yet more scared…as now I could not see what it was up to, and maybe there was more then one….and if they were hunting us, I really had a problem. But all turned out well. I think I will buy an air horn and some predator spray. The thing is though, I need to educate the coyote not to come so close. and air horn makes more sense then a close contact spray. I want the coyote to live a long healthy life, and if it follows someone not so accepting of urban wildlife predators…..its going to lose it life after complaints are made. I feel worried, not only for my and Snoopy’s safety, but the coyote as well. Coyotes and humans CAN live peacefully together. Its only when coyotes lose their fear of humans that problems arise.

*************************************************************************************************

www.easterncoyoteresearch.com/LivingWithCoyotes.html
Do’s and Don’ts in Coyote Country:

1. DO chase them away and make noise (bang pots and pans) if you don’t want them in your yard.

2. DO make noise when you are outside especially if coyotes are often in your area (like a den site nearby). They will often change their course of direction when they hear people. Bring a whistle or horn to scare them away from you.

3. DO NOT feed coyotes or other animals. Even if you are feeding birds (e.g., suet) or other animals (like raccoons) coyotes will be attracted to your yard just like any other animal looking for an easy handout.

4. DO NOT feed your pets outside for the same reason as #3.

5. Just as importantly, DO NOT let your neighbors feed wildlife. Coyotes travel tremendous distances and a coyote regularly coming to your neighbor’s yard for a free handout will surely pass through your yard to get there. A habituated coyotes is a potential problem coyote.

6. Absolutely DO NOT let your cat outside if you are truly concerned with its health. Coyotes are just one of many mortality factors for outdoor cats.

7. DO leash your dogs. Although coyotes may follow a leashed dog out of curiosity (to the concern of the person), it is extremely rare for them to actually get within contact of your pet.

8. DO enjoy their presence and the fact that having this wily predator adds to the mystique of your (potentially even urban) neighborhood. Try to minimize your conflicts with these creatures by following these simple precautions.

See next photo…

Coyote ~ 8 of 10 photos

Coyote ~ 8 of 10 photos
Easy Healthy Dinners
Image by Urban Woodswalker
Couple days ago I had one of the biggest scares of my life. Literally.

Walking my beloved Jack Russel Snoopy, in the prairie where we have walked for years …a coyote followed us for a distance, at very close range. Statistically Jack Russel Terriers are number 3 on the list of coyote pet dog breed attacks. 3 different times I stopped on the path to snap pix, and observe the subtle actions of the coyote. The first time it just kept walking closer in a slow relaxed manner. Head was not down, ears not back- both are stalking / predation mannerisms). Still, the third time, after I turned to stand tall, and started walking a step towards the coyote (A communication of I am the boss here) it disappeared into the tall grass…allowing me to think it had left us. but a minute later and its back walking along right after us. This freaked me out, as it implies so many obvious horrible things .

You should NOT run away… when "stalked" by a coyote. As we walked back the long way to the car…..(relaxing afternoon nature walk was definitely OVER). I had such a wide mix of emotions. I wanted to run, screaming hysterically. I wanted to grab a big stick (there weren’t any in the prairie…and really, I do not want a coyote to get that close to Snoopy or myself in the first place. ) I definitely nearly soiled my panties.

However, being educated about urban wildlife…I allowed my brain to figure out this potential disaster. first, the car is 3/4 mile away. We have to walk out of this. The time of year…October…means a very low time of coyote pet predation. There is plenty to eat , and the energy spent trying to go for a dog meal would not be wise, nor the potential massive injuries involved….innately any intelligent predator knows this.

The coyote was relaxed, not sickly looking. So it could hunt effectively on rodents, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, and opossums which are its normal diet along with fruits, and seeds found in nature. Coyotes also dine on deer fawns, deer road kill, and Canada goose eggs…all of which are abundant in my region. So was I just imagining the coyote "stalking us…my Jack Russel Terrier…for dinner meal?

Perhaps the coyote was just using the path…which coyotes have been doing for years now and are entitled to use just as much as hikers, bikers, dog walkers, and horse back riders do. Their scat markings are abundant, and over the past 5 years I have seen (only) 4 coyote sitings, but hundreds of scats on the very path we walk. Was the coyote just habituated to humans so much that it did not run when it saw us walking? Why was it so diligent in following so close behind us., and even returning to follow after my back was turned 3 times…the last sneakily walking into the tall brush, only to come back out to follow again when my back was turned?

I decided to turn and face the coyote again, and by this time it was nervous enough (from the 2 other times I stood to face it) to disappear in the tall grass for good….which made me feel better and yet more scared…as now I could not see what it was up to, and maybe there was more then one….and if they were hunting us, I really had a problem. But all turned out well. I think I will buy an air horn and some predator spray. The thing is though, I need to educate the coyote not to come so close. and air horn makes more sense then a close contact spray. I want the coyote to live a long healthy life, and if it follows someone not so accepting of urban wildlife predators…..its going to lose it life after complaints are made. I feel worried, not only for my and Snoopy’s safety, but the coyote as well. Coyotes and humans CAN live peacefully together. Its only when coyotes lose their fear of humans that problems arise.

***************************************************************************************************

www.easterncoyoteresearch.com/LivingWithCoyotes.html
Do’s and Don’ts in Coyote Country:

1. DO chase them away and make noise (bang pots and pans) if you don’t want them in your yard.

2. DO make noise when you are outside especially if coyotes are often in your area (like a den site nearby). They will often change their course of direction when they hear people. Bring a whistle or horn to scare them away from you.

3. DO NOT feed coyotes or other animals. Even if you are feeding birds (e.g., suet) or other animals (like raccoons) coyotes will be attracted to your yard just like any other animal looking for an easy handout.

4. DO NOT feed your pets outside for the same reason as #3.

5. Just as importantly, DO NOT let your neighbors feed wildlife. Coyotes travel tremendous distances and a coyote regularly coming to your neighbor’s yard for a free handout will surely pass through your yard to get there. A habituated coyotes is a potential problem coyote.

6. Absolutely DO NOT let your cat outside if you are truly concerned with its health. Coyotes are just one of many mortality factors for outdoor cats.

7. DO leash your dogs. Although coyotes may follow a leashed dog out of curiosity (to the concern of the person), it is extremely rare for them to actually get within contact of your pet.

8. DO enjoy their presence and the fact that having this wily predator adds to the mystique of your (potentially even urban) neighborhood. Try to minimize your conflicts with these creatures by following these simple precautions.

See next photo….

Coyote ~ 9 of 10 photos

Coyote ~ 9 of 10 photos
Easy Healthy Dinners
Image by Urban Woodswalker
Couple days ago I had one of the biggest scares of my life. Literally.

Walking my beloved Jack Russel Snoopy, in the prairie where we have walked for years …a coyote followed us for a distance, at very close range. Statistically Jack Russel Terriers are number 3 on the list of coyote pet dog breed attacks. 3 different times I stopped on the path to snap pix, and observe the subtle actions of the coyote. The first time it just kept walking closer in a slow relaxed manner. Head was not down, ears not back- both are stalking / predation mannerisms). Still, the third time, after I turned to stand tall, and started walking a step towards the coyote (A communication of I am the boss here) it disappeared into the tall grass…allowing me to think it had left us. but a minute later and its back walking along right after us. This freaked me out, as it implies so many obvious horrible things .

You should NOT run away… when "stalked" by a coyote. As we walked back the long way to the car…..(relaxing afternoon nature walk was definitely OVER). I had such a wide mix of emotions. I wanted to run, screaming hysterically. I wanted to grab a big stick (there weren’t any in the prairie…and really, I do not want a coyote to get that close to Snoopy or myself in the first place. ) I definitely nearly soiled my panties.

However, being educated about urban wildlife…I allowed my brain to figure out this potential disaster. first, the car is 3/4 mile away. We have to walk out of this. The time of year…October…means a very low time of coyote pet predation. There is plenty to eat , and the energy spent trying to go for a dog meal would not be wise, nor the potential massive injuries involved….innately any intelligent predator knows this.

The coyote was relaxed, not sickly looking. So it could hunt effectively on rodents, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, and opossums which are its normal diet along with fruits, and seeds found in nature. Coyotes also dine on deer fawns, deer road kill, and Canada goose eggs…all of which are abundant in my region. So was I just imagining the coyote "stalking us…my Jack Russel Terrier…for dinner meal?

Perhaps the coyote was just using the path…which coyotes have been doing for years now and are entitled to use just as much as hikers, bikers, dog walkers, and horse back riders do. Their scat markings are abundant, and over the past 5 years I have seen (only) 4 coyote sitings, but hundreds of scats on the very path we walk. Was the coyote just habituated to humans so much that it did not run when it saw us walking? Why was it so diligent in following so close behind us., and even returning to follow after my back was turned 3 times…the last sneakily walking into the tall brush, only to come back out to follow again when my back was turned?

I decided to turn and face the coyote again, and by this time it was nervous enough (from the 2 other times I stood to face it) to disappear in the tall grass for good….which made me feel better and yet more scared…as now I could not see what it was up to, and maybe there was more then one….and if they were hunting us, I really had a problem. But all turned out well. I think I will buy an air horn and some predator spray. The thing is though, I need to educate the coyote not to come so close. and air horn makes more sense then a close contact spray. I want the coyote to live a long healthy life, and if it follows someone not so accepting of urban wildlife predators…..its going to lose it life after complaints are made. I feel worried, not only for my and Snoopy’s safety, but the coyote as well. Coyotes and humans CAN live peacefully together. Its only when coyotes lose their fear of humans that problems arise.

************************************************************************************

www.easterncoyoteresearch.com/LivingWithCoyotes.html
Do’s and Don’ts in Coyote Country:

1. DO chase them away and make noise (bang pots and pans) if you don’t want them in your yard.

2. DO make noise when you are outside especially if coyotes are often in your area (like a den site nearby). They will often change their course of direction when they hear people. Bring a whistle or horn to scare them away from you.

3. DO NOT feed coyotes or other animals. Even if you are feeding birds (e.g., suet) or other animals (like raccoons) coyotes will be attracted to your yard just like any other animal looking for an easy handout.

4. DO NOT feed your pets outside for the same reason as #3.

5. Just as importantly, DO NOT let your neighbors feed wildlife. Coyotes travel tremendous distances and a coyote regularly coming to your neighbor’s yard for a free handout will surely pass through your yard to get there. A habituated coyotes is a potential problem coyote.

6. Absolutely DO NOT let your cat outside if you are truly concerned with its health. Coyotes are just one of many mortality factors for outdoor cats.

7. DO leash your dogs. Although coyotes may follow a leashed dog out of curiosity (to the concern of the person), it is extremely rare for them to actually get within contact of your pet.

8. DO enjoy their presence and the fact that having this wily predator adds to the mystique of your (potentially even urban) neighborhood. Try to minimize your conflicts with these creatures by following these simple precautions.

See next photo….

Coyote ~ 7 of 10 photos

Coyote ~ 7 of 10 photos
Easy Healthy Meals
Image by Urban Woodswalker
Couple days ago I had one of the biggest scares of my life. Literally.

Walking my beloved Jack Russel Snoopy, in the prairie where we have walked for years …a coyote followed us for a distance, at very close range. Statistically Jack Russel Terriers are number 3 on the list of coyote pet dog breed attacks. 3 different times I stopped on the path to snap pix, and observe the subtle actions of the coyote. The first time it just kept walking closer in a slow relaxed manner. Head was not down, ears not back- both are stalking / predation mannerisms). Still, the third time, after I turned to stand tall, and started walking a step towards the coyote (A communication of I am the boss here) it disappeared into the tall grass…allowing me to think it had left us. but a minute later and its back walking along right after us. This freaked me out, as it implies so many obvious horrible things .

You should NOT run away… when "stalked" by a coyote. As we walked back the long way to the car…..(relaxing afternoon nature walk was definitely OVER). I had such a wide mix of emotions. I wanted to run, screaming hysterically. I wanted to grab a big stick (there weren’t any in the prairie…and really, I do not want a coyote to get that close to Snoopy or myself in the first place. ) I definitely nearly soiled my panties.

However, being educated about urban wildlife…I allowed my brain to figure out this potential disaster. first, the car is 3/4 mile away. We have to walk out of this. The time of year…October…means a very low time of coyote pet predation. There is plenty to eat , and the energy spent trying to go for a dog meal would not be wise, nor the potential massive injuries involved….innately any intelligent predator knows this.

The coyote was relaxed, not sickly looking. So it could hunt effectively on rodents, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, and opossums which are its normal diet along with fruits, and seeds found in nature. Coyotes also dine on deer fawns, deer road kill, and Canada goose eggs…all of which are abundant in my region. So was I just imagining the coyote "stalking us…my Jack Russel Terrier…for dinner meal?

Perhaps the coyote was just using the path…which coyotes have been doing for years now and are entitled to use just as much as hikers, bikers, dog walkers, and horse back riders do. Their scat markings are abundant, and over the past 5 years I have seen (only) 4 coyote sitings, but hundreds of scats on the very path we walk. Was the coyote just habituated to humans so much that it did not run when it saw us walking? Why was it so diligent in following so close behind us., and even returning to follow after my back was turned 3 times…the last sneakily walking into the tall brush, only to come back out to follow again when my back was turned?

I decided to turn and face the coyote again, and by this time it was nervous enough (from the 2 other times I stood to face it) to disappear in the tall grass for good….which made me feel better and yet more scared…as now I could not see what it was up to, and maybe there was more then one….and if they were hunting us, I really had a problem. But all turned out well. I think I will buy an air horn and some predator spray. The thing is though, I need to educate the coyote not to come so close. and air horn makes more sense then a close contact spray. I want the coyote to live a long healthy life, and if it follows someone not so accepting of urban wildlife predators…..its going to lose it life after complaints are made. I feel worried, not only for my and Snoopy’s safety, but the coyote as well. Coyotes and humans CAN live peacefully together. Its only when coyotes lose their fear of humans that problems arise.

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Do’s and Don’ts in Coyote Country:

1. DO chase them away and make noise (bang pots and pans) if you don’t want them in your yard.

2. DO make noise when you are outside especially if coyotes are often in your area (like a den site nearby). They will often change their course of direction when they hear people. Bring a whistle or horn to scare them away from you.

3. DO NOT feed coyotes or other animals. Even if you are feeding birds (e.g., suet) or other animals (like raccoons) coyotes will be attracted to your yard just like any other animal looking for an easy handout.

4. DO NOT feed your pets outside for the same reason as #3.

5. Just as importantly, DO NOT let your neighbors feed wildlife. Coyotes travel tremendous distances and a coyote regularly coming to your neighbor’s yard for a free handout will surely pass through your yard to get there. A habituated coyotes is a potential problem coyote.

6. Absolutely DO NOT let your cat outside if you are truly concerned with its health. Coyotes are just one of many mortality factors for outdoor cats.

7. DO leash your dogs. Although coyotes may follow a leashed dog out of curiosity (to the concern of the person), it is extremely rare for them to actually get within contact of your pet.

8. DO enjoy their presence and the fact that having this wily predator adds to the mystique of your (potentially even urban) neighborhood. Try to minimize your conflicts with these creatures by following these simple precautions.

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Wile E. Coyote .. ACME, The Name You Can Trust! …..item 1..Great summertime recipes for a barbecue party (2011) …

Wile E. Coyote .. ACME, The Name You Can Trust! …..item 1..Great summertime recipes for a barbecue party (2011) …
Healthy Eating Recipes
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What’s more American than apple pie? These are a lighter alternative to the traditional apple pie. Caramelized apple pie filling is sandwiched between creamy “apple pie” whipped cream. Topped with a cinnamon granola crunch and patriotic decorations, you’re ready for Fourth of July fireworks with dessert in hand!

…..item 1)….aish.com….A July 4th Barbecue….Great summertime recipes for a barbecue party.

June 28, 2011 / 26 Sivan 5771

by Sharon Matten

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Happy Birthday America!

Although the ideal place for Jewish people to live is Israel, a lot of us live in America. Celebrating July 4th gives us an opportunity to give appreciative recognition to the country that gives us significant religious freedom. It also gives us a great excuse to have friends and family over for a barbecue party! Our family loves to grill all year round, but the middle of the summer weather makes it much more fun. While the Designated Griller grills the food, the kids run in the sprinkler, color with chalk, and play catch while the grownups run in the sprinkler, color with chalk, and play catch! Just kidding…although it is a great time for everyone to kick back and enjoy each others company while eating great and healthy food.

All the recipes I’m going to share with you are also great for friends and family that are GFE’s (Gluten Free Eaters).

I hope you enjoy these summertime recipes.
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***** LIGHT POTATO SALAD WITH CORN AND PARSLEY

My mother-in-law, the nutritionist, gave me this terrific recipe which takes the traditional potato salad and makes it lighter. No mayonnaise, but packed with delicious and healthy corn and fresh parsley from the garden, this recipe is a barbecue favorite.

You can use large or small potatoes. I have even seen an assortment of multicolored small potatoes (purple!) in the store, which would make for an unusual, and colorful, summer salad! You can also use 20 ounces of canned corn instead of the frozen variety – whatever you have on hand!

2 pounds potatoes (approximately 4 large)
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
1 dash garlic powder
1 dash black pepper
1 pound frozen corn, defrosted

In a large stockpot, cover the potatoes with water and cook for 20-30 minutes until fork tender. Remove from water and let cool.

Cut the cooled potatoes into 1 inch cubes. You can leave the peel on for a healthier and more rustic salad. Place into a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients. Toss to combine. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors of the salad blend. Serve to your favorite barbecue guests!
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***** SWEET POTATO SALAD WITH LIME JUICE

Although I serve it year round, this is one of my personal favorite potato salads. It gets its crunch from sweet apples, healthy celery, and flavorful chopped pecans.

2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 4 large)
¼ cup limes juice
2 large apples, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
6 ounces pecans, chopped
½ cup lowfat mayonnaise
¼ cup light brown sugar

Place the potatoes in a pot with enough water to cover the potatoes and cook for 20-30 minutes until fork tender. Remove from water and let cool.

Drain potatoes and allow them to cool enough to peel. Cut into 1 inch cubes. Place in a mixing bowl and sprinkle with lime juice. Add the diced apples, celery and nuts to the potatoes. Add enough mayonnaise to coat well. Chill before serving.
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***** GRILLED HAMBURGER CAKE

What’s a birthday party without a cake? Who would expect a GRILLED HAMBURGER CAKE? This surprise cake is one of the highlights of the Fourth of July celebration. Yes, you read that right! Two huge grilled hamburgers “frosted” with smooth mashed potatoes and decorated with drizzled ketchup or barbecue sauce. This “cake” combines two of my favorite activities – grilling and cake decorating.

For more information about this recipe go to www.koshereveryday.com

3 pounds ground beef
¼ cup barbecue sauce
7 cups instant dried mashed potatoes
¼ cup chicken consume mix
4 tablespoons margarine
1 tablespoon onion powder
10 cups boiling water
ketchup for garnish

Heat grill to medium heat. Divide beef into two. Form two large patties from the ground beef. Grill until cooked through, flipping once – around 10 minutes. Spread barbecue sauce on burgers during grilling. Remove from grill.

While the beef is cooking prepare the potatoes. Combine all the dry ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Add boiling water and margarine and stir until completely smooth.

Place one of the patties on a large heat-proof plate. Cover generously with mashed potatoes and smooth. Top with the next patty. “Frost” the layers with rest of the potatoes. You can use a pastry bag to pipe borders and decorations on the “cake”, and can make a “ridged” edge by running a serrated knife along the outside of the “frosted cake”. Drizzle ketchup along the edge of the cake for additional decoration.

Slice and serve warm to your surprised guests!
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*****APPLE PIE PARFAITS with HOMEMADE CRUNCHY TOPPING

What’s more American than apple pie? These are a lighter alternative to the traditional apple pie.

Caramelized apple pie filling is sandwiched between creamy “apple pie” whipped cream. Topped with a cinnamon granola crunch and patriotic decorations, you’re ready for Fourth of July fireworks with dessert in hand!

If you don’t have fancy parfait glasses, use clear plastic cups, or just scoop this delicious dessert into bowls. If you don’t have time to peel and cook the apples or to make the home made granola topping, you can use store bought apple pie filling and granola – but the home made version is way better! For the GFE – omit the crunch topping and replace with a gluten free store bought variety.

8 large apples, cored, peeled, and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons margarine
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ cup cold water
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups pareve heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups rolled oats
4 tablespoons margarine
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
¼ cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 teaspoon cinnamon
non-stick vegetable spray

Preheat oven to 350° F. Cover a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil, then spray with non-stick vegetable spray. In a medium bowl combine the rolled oats, margarine, brown sugar, flour and chopped pecans. Blend together with a fork until only small lumps remain. Spread out on the prepared cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes, tossing occasionally, until golden brown. Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, coat the apple slices with the lemon juice. Melt the margarine in a large skillet, over medium-high heat,. Add the apples, sugar, and brown sugar, and cinnamon and sauté until the apples are soft and caramelized, about 25-30 minutes.

In a small bowl or measuring cup combine the cold water, corn starch, and vanilla. Stir until the corn starch is completely dissolved. Add to the apples and cook over medium heat until the liquid thickens. Set aside and cool completely.

Remove 1/3 of the apple mixture, and place in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Blend in the processed apples, thoroughly combining.

Layer the cream and apples in large parfait cups (cream, apples, cream). Top with crunchy toppings and additional decorations. Makes 12 large parfaits.

Note: You can use 2 cups of whipping cream instead of 3 for a cream with more apple flavor.
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Wile E. Coyote Business Card..Genius..Have Brain Will Travel …..item 1..Reverend Bill Proctor..”stuck in Atlanta” (July 02, 2011 ) …

Wile E. Coyote Business Card..Genius..Have Brain Will Travel …..item 1..Reverend Bill Proctor..”stuck in Atlanta” (July 02, 2011 ) …
Budgeting Tips
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He was AWOL during Monday’s marathon budget workshop — a meeting in which commissioners made key decisions on how they’ll spend your tax dollars next year — and he also missed Tuesday night’s commission meeting.

…..item 1)……FLORIDA TODAY NEWSPAPER…… Proctor misses key budget meetings

Jul 2, 2011

Written by
Jeff Burlew

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Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor has some explaining to do, his colleagues say.

He was AWOL during Monday’s marathon budget workshop — a meeting in which commissioners made key decisions on how they’ll spend your tax dollars next year — and he also missed Tuesday night’s commission meeting.

Commission Chairman John Dailey said he was told Tuesday by Proctor’s aide that the District 1 commissioner was traveling at the time. Commissioner Bryan Desloge said Proctor, who was back in his office Thursday, told him he missed the meetings because he was "stuck in Atlanta."

Proctor didn’t return phone calls or an email from the Democrat.

Desloge said he’s upset Proctor missed the meetings.

"His job is to represent his district, and if he doesn’t attend the meetings, it negates any ability for him to function effectively as a commissioner," Desloge said.

Desloge said Proctor is bright and capable, but "he’s never taken this very seriously. To him, it’s a bit of a game. He could do so much if he’d take this a little more seriously."

Dailey said the commission sans Proctor "worked very well together." He said he’s been too busy with the budget to worry much about Proctor’s whereabouts.

"We are all adults," Dailey said. "I’m taking care of my business for the citizens of District 3 in Leon County. Commissioner Proctor needs to explain his absenteeism to his constituents."

Commissioner Nick Maddox said he can’t speak to Proctor’s philosophy when it comes to meeting attendance.

"I take any meeting, and especially budget workshops, very seriously," Maddox said. "And I think it’s one of the most important things — if not the most important thing — that we do as commissioners. So I make it a priority to be at each and every one of them."

Commissioner Kristin Dozier said the final budget workshop is arguably the most important commission meeting of the year.

"It is crucial for us to be there and be engaged in the process," Dozier said.

Commissioners say they’ve received emails recently from voters calling for Proctor to be removed from office or sanctioned somehow by his colleagues.

The IRS is taking money out of Proctor’s county paycheck each month until it collects nearly ,000 in unpaid income taxes. Proctor also owes more than ,000 to the Florida Elections Commission in fines from his 1998 campaign.

— Follow @JeffBurlew on Twitter. Send news tips to jburlew@tallahassee.com.
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…..item 2)….Brainy Quotes …… Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

Friedrich Nietzsche…paraphrasing…All things are subject to interpretation and that who ever has the power determines the truth.

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…..item 3)…..The Saint Detective Magazine .. July 1955 …..Reverend Bill Proctor ..referred to himself as an "indentured slave to the state." (June 20, 2011) …..

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