The Adventures of Fuzzy and Boomer on Friday — Continued

Two golden-eyed coyotes, just sitting on the sagebrush hill watching our every move.  Boomer thought they were heading our way, but they just walked out of the brush and sat down.

“W—-what do they want, Fuzzy?”

“I-I’m not sure.  I can’t see them real well, so you are going to have to be my eyes for me, Boomer.”

“O-okay, Fuzzy.  Just tell me what you want to know.”

“Where’s Mom?  That’s the most important question and the second important question is tell me when they start to move.”

“Al-alright, Fuzzy, I’ll will.”

“Well, where is Mom?  Remember that is the first important question.”

“Oh, yeah, right, but if I take my eyes off the coyotes how will I know they move?”

“Be fast, son! Be real fast!  But Find Mom!  We have to know if she is safe.  We also have to know if she is coming to find us.”

“Look quick and then look back at the coyotes.  You have a general idea of where Mom was the last time we checked.”



“Hummmmm she is coming off the cactus hill and heading for the dirt bridge that crosses the pond.”

“Is she walking?”

“Well, no, sort of run sliding.”

“Have the coyotes moved?”

“Oh, yeah, I forgot!”

“Boomer!  You can’t forget!  You have to be fast and in charge.  “


“NO, Boomer!  Don’t bay!” I gave him a writhing look.

“But I want MOM!!!!”

“Well, look for her!”

“But the coyotes are grinning at us!!!”


I took a moment to collect my thoughts and breathe deep.  “Okay, Boomer.  Chill for a moment.  Have they MOVED?!!”

“Wellllll, no.”


“Okay, tell me where Mom is”

She is crossing the edge of the pond right now and moving fast around the swamp, she should be here pretty sooooooooooooooooooooooon!”

“BOOMER!  DO NOT BAY!  What are the coyotes doing?”

“They haven’t moved they are just sitting there staring at us as though…as though they can’t believe what they are seeing.”

“Good.  That’s good, Boomer.  As soon as Mom gets here I’ll just bet you will see them melt back into the brush.”

“Good!  When they go I’ll give them a happy little wave good-bye!”

“No! Don’t do that!  If you do that they will be over here in a flash.  Faster than you can hoooo for Mom.”

About that time I could see Mom was walking up the little grade toward the cow pasture.

The coyotes saw her too.

Coyotes understand if you have a gun and can shoot at them.  They also understand what a gun looks like.  Mom says coyotes help keep the rodent population down, but when they decide to take down a calf or come into the yard then coyotes have to learn lessons.

But Mom didn’t have a gun, she only had a camera.

“Here comes Mom, Fuzzy!  I can see her!”

“I see her too, Boomer, it won’t be long now until the coyotes will see her and leave. Well, at least melt into the sagebrush and rabbit brush so Mom won’t be able to see them.”

“Oh, goody!  We will be safe as soon as Mom gets here.”

“I sure hope so, Boomer.  I sure hope so.”



20 thoughts on “The Adventures of Fuzzy and Boomer on Friday — Continued

  1. You two thought that out real good and Boomer you need to listen closely to Fuzzy tells you until you learn all the ropes.

    If you would like to see some close up action/interaction between coyotes and one dog as the other was smart enough to hide – go to this link.


  2. Linda, you must have eyes like a hawk–I never saw them in any picture.

    I know they can be bad news, despite having dogs. I read recently of a woman in Wyoming who’s Great Pyrenees was attacked by a pack of six coyotes (not wolves). She scared them off with her rifle, but the Pyr is now in bad way, mentally. Freaked him out! Maybe you ought to carry a gun on your walks??


    • I was too far away to get a photo. My camera doesn’t have a lens that shoots from far away. By the time I got there they were gone. (Which I doubt if they were really gone…they were there watching me/us—so I took a photo of where they had been.) The cowboy who calves out on our place said he and his daughter will help…they don’t want to lose calves either. Maybe this time next year the population will be slimmer. I sure hope so. Guns help. Although, I’m not a very good shot!



  3. Fuzzy and Boomer, you were so brave and smart. I would never get that far away from my mama to start with. I’m a city dog and haven’t seen a coyote since we moved from Arizona. We had lots of them there but since they didn’t get into our backyard I only saw them on early morning walks with mama. They were pretty bold but when they saw her they would run off.


  4. Our neighbors who raise cattle say that even though we seem to have a large bunch of coyotes here, they’ve never had trouble with them bothering calves. The sheep guy agrees and adds that he has seen mountain lions, but the only predators that bother his stock are domestic dogs people allow to run loose. In the summer, the coyotes raise their babies in the corn fields. They know how to pick and eat sweet corn. I’ve seen one trying to carry a small watermelon. The farmers don’t bother them because they keep the jackrabbit population under control. A couple of years ago one of the farm workers caught a young coyote in the field and brought it to the Corn Stand, where they put it in a cage for an hour or two. Then he took it back and turned it loose. It wasn’t a ratty-looking animal like I anticipated, but an absolutely gorgeous one, with golden eyes. OK, so that’s the good side of coyotes. On the other hand, they ate my wonderful cat George last year right out of my yard, and if I could I’d buy a machine gun and blow them all off the face of the earth.


  5. Cute post! I have to agree with one of the commenters that even though I have heard about coyotes getting calves, we lived on a ranch in Texas for five years, renting from the owner who had cattle and horses, and he was never worried about the coyotes attacking his calves or foals. We never heard him say there was a problem with it either in the five years we were there. I did see them a lot, though, and I heard about them attacking small dogs and cats from our friends. But, usually they were after mice and rabbits and other smaller critters. Not to say they wouldn’t hit a calf if they were hungry enough, but I think they prefer that smaller prey. I think a lot of people assume they kill calves because they feed on a dead animal if something else kills it. But correct me if I am wrong. Five years can’t make a definitive study.


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