National Women’s Checkup Day. It’s also National Nutty Fudge Day. Coincidence? I think not.
A big shout out to the Hoerner family and all their volunteers for once again spearheading the Island Wide Garage Sale. I hope everyone went to bed with more money than they woke up with. In case you didn’t know the IWGS is one of the Civic Clubs biggest money makers. Thanks again B&D.
Interesting neighbors we have, Thanks Wiki.
“…also known as the American jackal, brush wolf, or the prairie wolf, is a species of canine found from Panama in the south, north through Mexico, the United States, and Canada. It occurs as far north as Alaska and all but the northernmost portions of Canada. Currently, 19 subspecies are recognized.
In areas where wolves have been exterminated, coyotes usually flourish.
As New England became increasingly settled and the resident wolves were eliminated, the coyote population increased, filling the empty ecological niche.
Coyotes appear better able than wolves to live among people.
Coyotes have been known to live a maximum of 18 years in captivity; the maximum longevity in the wild is 14 1/2 years.
They seem to be better than dogs at observational learning.
It fills roughly the same ecological niche in the Americas that is filled in Eurasia and Africa by the similarly sized canids called jackals, among which the coyote is sometimes counted.
Its closest living relative is the gray wolf
Unlike the wolf, the coyote's range has expanded in the wake of human civilization, and coyotes readily reproduce in metropolitan areas
Sometimes labelled as carnivores but more often as omnivores, coyotes are opportunistic, versatile feeders.
They eat small mammals such as (depending on the region in which it lives) voles, prairie dogs, eastern cottontails, ground squirrels, mice, birds, snakes, lizards, deer, javelina, and livestock, as well as insects and other invertebrates.
The coyote will also target any species of bird that nests on the ground. They will eat carrion, but tend to prefer fresh meat. Fruits and vegetables can form a significant part of the coyote's diet in the summer and autumn. Part of the coyote's success as a species is its dietary adaptability. As such, coyotes have been known to eat human rubbish and domestic pets.
Urban populations of coyotes have been known to actively hunt cats, and to leap shorter fences to take small dogs
Despite being extensively hunted, the coyote is one of the few medium- to large-sized animals that has enlarged its range since human encroachment began”
In case you haven’t heard they got Willie the cat over on West Shore. He was Glen and Sharon’s pet for 13 years. Folks Coyotes have been in the neighborhood for a million years and they’ll probably be here when we’re gone. As long as we provide them food they have no reason to go elsewhere.
"The cayote is a living, breathing allegory of Want. He is always hungry. He is always poor, out of luck and friendless. The meanest creatures despise him and even the flea would desert him for a velocipede."
- Roughing It Mark Twain
- Roughing It Mark Twain