Elgin County coyote / wolf experience
(Elgin County ON)
We've lived in a small village in Elgin for 25 years, have many bonfires at night and have often heard the Coyote yips and howls, sometimes close, sometimes far away, and occasionally a Wolf howl.
We're situated between two ravines surrounded by farmland and treed areas. Hearing the Coyotes at night has always been a special and cherished experience.
Until last week, when I was taking our small whippet/mini poodle mix dog out at about 2 am.
I heard the familiar yips and howls start. They were not too far away, but not close, so I wasn't too worried, just told the dog to hurry up!
Then, there was the distinct long, drawn out howl of a Wolf
from the ravine about a 1/4 mile away from us (the Coyotes were between us and this ravine)
The Coyote yips continued, but they also started moving, running towards our yard, away from the howl.
When they sounded as if they were in our neighbour's backyard, I made a record setting dash to our door, the dog right beside me.
I do not feel the same sense of comfort and safety I used to have about being out in our large heavily treed backyard at night now. This really ticks me off.
It may be time to re-establish bounties, or maybe they still exist but no one hunts anymore?We have relatives near Shedden, and they hear the Coyotes all the time!