September 24, 2023

Coyote Pack and Sleepless Nights

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Of course it’s definitely springtime in Florida. Daytime highs have been in the 80s and nights cool to the upper 60s. This means sleeping with the windows open and sometimes a fan. It’s also pollen season and it’s kicking me in the butt. I try not to run the fan for that reason. Probably I should close up the house and turn on the AC but I’m afraid Algore wouldn’t approve of that.

Last night was a fanless night and without a fan there’s little to drown out the other outdoor noises. I live in a unique place in that I am perhaps a quarter mile from what is considered the city center and yet to my north is a large wooded area, including about 5 or 6 acres of field. Across the street to the west are a couple of large, by city standards, farms with cattle, horses, llamas, alpacas, chickens and there must be a rooster as I occasionally hear his call.

It’s the wooded area to the north where the pack of coyotes live. The den cannot be far away as I can hear, mostly at night, when the adult dogs bring home something to eat and the pups, who by the sounds are getting quite big, yelp, bark and howl at being treated. This happened several times during last night. In addition, each time fire and rescue or police sirens sounded, and last night it seemed a lot, the pack would howl and yap and yelp! What a pain!

I’m guessing by listening, there must be at least 4 or 5 pups, possibly more.

Tom Remington