Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Coyote Ugly, not really

My wife woke me up from a sleep the other night with a “What’s that”! At first I thought I was dreaming something I wasn’t supposed too, but then I heard it. A half screech, half howl. And there were a bunch of them. It was about 3:00am in the morning, I was half asleep, I had no clue.

At the grocery store in McArthur a few days later I overheard the cashier chatting about Coyotes. So I checked on the Internet, looked up coyote sound bytes and sure enough what I heard resembled coyotes. So now I’m wondering what do coyotes eat, rabbits I suppose, maybe mice, I’m wondering if my cat is in jeopardy? Maybe my dogs too? While I was clearing out my fence the other day I met my neighbor from the across the street and brought up coyotes in our conversation. I wanted to see what he could add to my knowledge base. He said coyotes all-right, we got them. And they’re big too. They spotted some in Hocking Hills region in Hocking County, the next county north of Vinton, that folks thought they were wolves. Turns out they were just big coyotes. He went on and said he’d seen black bears too! What next, I thought to myself, cougars. I no sooner thought it and he said it, cougars, I’ve seen cougars, bigger than large dogs.

I guess there must be a lot of rabbits to support a cougar population and coyotes that get as big as wolves? I guess that explains why I haven’t seen a lot of rabbits.

Ah yes, wild wonderful Vinton County, Ohio.