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Old 04-16-2006, 11:50 AM   #15
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I had a mamma coyote right under my window.. literally, at about 3 am last nite. She was teaching the pups how to steal my dogs water and sniff for dropped kibbles. Then.. the howling... I was only a Burro wall away from it.. so neat. The pups would try.. then the mamma would wail, then the pups would squeek. My dogs didn't budge. but they were aware.

What is wierd.. is that the water dish was not depleted completely, there was several drinks left in it, but notably went down. My dogs won't go near it! Had to set up another dish inside.
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A couple of years ago I went backpacking into the Panthertown Valley wilderness here in NC. I camped at one spot for two nights, and each night a pack of coyotes would come right to the edge of camp and sing from about 7:30 until 8:15. Then they would just become quiet and I wouldn't hear them again.
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Old 04-16-2006, 06:30 PM   #17
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I had a mamma coyote right under my window.. literally, at about 3 am last nite. She was teaching the pups how to steal my dogs water and sniff for dropped kibbles. Then.. the howling... I was only a Burro wall away from it.. so neat. The pups would try.. then the mamma would wail, then the pups would squeek. My dogs didn't budge. but they were aware.

What is wierd.. is that the water dish was not depleted completely, there was several drinks left in it, but notably went down. My dogs won't go near it! Had to set up another dish inside.
Before the infamous hijack, I wrote about the Coyotes in Joshua Tree that invaded our camp and tore apart our dog's leashes and pulled the tether poles out of the ground. They also were very noisy.

What I found strange was that our two dogs never made a sound, and they announce the arrival of everyone and anything----now you say your dogs also didn't budge. I guess none of them want to mess with coyotes!

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I have been told, by a couple folks, but I have never verified..

that Howling is not an inherant, but a learned behavior. Mamma teaches pups (Or is it cubs?) to howl.

Judging from the times of year I have heard it in my nieghborhood, I can kind of see that. My nieghborhood is flush with coyotes. They are a daily sight here.

This time of year is ripe with howling, tho I hear it at all times of year.
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I grew up reading the works of Ernest Thompson Seton. He used to refer to coyotes as the "little prairie wolves". An apt description. A few years ago when the National Park Service tried to reintroduce the red wolf to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the effort failed. Almost exclusively because coyotes have entered the park in large numbers and have now filled the ecological niche that the red wolf once held. And the coyotes are much more successful and numerous. So the red wolves were all recaptured and taken to a wildlife refuge in eastern NC where they have done phenomenally well.

For all intents and purposes, Mr. Seton was right. Coyotes really are "little wolves".
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Diane,

I am positive that "domestic" dogs are a lot smarter than what the term "Domesticated" would imply.

Mine know when to keep quiet. I have seen them freeze for bear, cougar, and coyote.
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