First time Coyote experience

by Brenda
(Brampton, Ontario, Canada)

Like many, I have known that urban areas can and do share their areas with Coyotes.

I have yet to see any, but nevertheless, I had my first experience on Friday morning at 4:53 a.m. when I was awoken out of a sound sleep by an eerie howling, barking and yipping.

Other than hearing this in the media, this was the first time I heard these sounds. It was so loud, I could have sworn they were in the back of my home. It truly scared me and my heart was racing.

We heard it again, Friday night and this morning about 6:00 a.m., although I think they have moved on as it wasn't as loud or long......

The only question that I wanted to know but cannot find the answer, is what is the outermost range that you can hear this Coyote communication.

They say you can hear a lion's roar up to 25 miles away. What is the Coyotes range?

I'm not sure, but perhaps one of our readers will know.

I guess it might depend upon conditions of weather and so on, whether there are trees around, or whether it is humid or damp (I find sound travels more when there is moisture in the air, but that might just be me!)

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First Time Experience
by: Mary Lynn

I have been listening to Coyotes howl for years now here in the Niagara Peninsula. I can usually pinpoint their excited yipping and yapping sing-song to about 1 or 2 kilometers. Any further than that, I would think would be hard to hear them. Nothing compared to the roar of a lion.

We have spacious fairgrounds and thousands of acres of orchards and open fields and the heavily wooded Niagara Escarpment is right here in our town of Beamsville. So it is good hunting grounds for Coyotes.

I also see them all the time when I walk my dogs in our local conservation park near Grimsby.

I have come within a few feet of them. They never run away. They stand there and look at us and then they simply turn and saunter off. Sometimes there is one and sometimes two. I believe they ¨walk¨ away so as not to excite my dogs. So far, my dogs seem to have no desire to chase them.

I have English Bull Terriers - strong and heavy, but people with smaller dogs should be very, very careful.
Mary Lynn

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