by Tammy Johnson Mayer
(Napanee, Ontario, Canada)
The truck just before coyote encounter (on the right)
As my little Bichon dog and I were walking along a rural dirt road near our house, we saw a truck parked at the side of the road.
A township employee was using a steel pole to clean a drainage pipe under the road, and as I came up to the truck, I saw the flash of the big white canine tail right next to us, on the edge of the woods.
I picked up my dog as I wasn't sure if the worker's dog was friendly, but it turns out he didn't have a dog!
We had startled a Coyote!
The guy's truck was idling pretty loudly, too.
Oddly, a turkey vulture was also flying low, right overhead.
Very surprising encounter.
Not sure what the Coyote was doing, but I'll bet it's the first & last time I'll ever surprise a Coyote!
I respect them as an integral part of our native wildlife.Thanks for sending us your amusing report - I bet you and the Coyote were both startled!