Sunday, March 05, 2006

Beware of Coyotes

A white Sunday in Chicago. Total snow accumulation 1 to 3 inches. Lows in the mid 20s. Light and variable winds.

Just went outside my Campus Drive office, at 7:30 PM. was getting dark as days are getting longer. This is like 300 metre from Kohl's Store. I spotted two wild coyotes. One walking behind other like 25 feet. I have been seeing some rabbits for past few days.

Once must think before taking a walk. I tried to take a picture but they passed from sort of a small valley in front of me.

Coyotes are members of the canid family, which includes wolves, dogs and foxes. Adults coyotes weigh an average of 30 to 50 pounds, and are four to five feet long from nose to end of tail. They are carnivores, whose diet consists of rabbits, deer fawns, birds and various invertebrates. They also scavenge and can bring down larger prey in packs. They raise pups in dens, but seldom dig their own. They possess exceptional senses of smell, sight and hearing, and can produce a distinct howl.
Nuisance Concerns: Coyotes prefer solidation, but become a big nuisance when it comes to certain livestock. Occasionally, an individual coyote learns that chickens, sheep, lambs and calves are easy prey. For more on Chicago Wild animals...


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