A dog and a rare coyote — backyard buddies

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Every day for a week, the strange, happy visitor would drop to play with her Great Pyrenees. She thought Ruth Bader, the dog, had made a new dog companion. Nope, it was a coyote. And the animal was on the lam.

Researchers with the Atlanta Coyote Project told Vanessa Prior, Ruth Bader’s human, that they had been trying to track down the rare, black coyote for over a month. It had been spotted around the Smyrna and Vinings, Georgia, areas playing with neighborhood dogs…

“It was very friendly,” co-founder of the Atlanta Coyote Project Christopher Mowry told CNN. “It was following people to try to play with their dogs while they were walking them.”

The group, which is made up of scientists devoted to learning more about coyotes living in the Atlanta area, first attempted to find the animal when people started to get a little freaked out by it coming too close for comfort.

They figured it was best for everyone — people, dogs, coyote — to move the animal to a safer place.

No doubt.

One thought on “A dog and a rare coyote — backyard buddies

  1. Áłtsé Hashké says:

    A viral coyote-badger video demonstrates the incredible complexity of nature https://www.hcn.org/articles/wildlife-a-viral-coyote-badger-video-demonstrates-the-incredible-complexity-of-nature (includes link to video – also videos of coyotes playing with dog toys, domestic animal companions and scaling crab-apple trees for a snack)
    “Scientifically, we are finally emerging from a dark period of studying nature simply as a stimulus-and-instinct-driven movie that humans can observe — the kind of thinking used to justify government-funded culls and mass indiscriminate killing of native species. Recent research demonstrates the cognitive and cultural capabilities of non-human animals, as well as the importance of their proclivities and personalities, and more data keep piling up. Some individual animals, for example, have the right combination of bold, exploratory traits to do well in human-dominated landscapes, while more cautious ones may flourish in relatively rural and wild landscapes.
    In fact, researchers have observed population-level genetic changes in city-dwellers compared to their country cousins of the same species, in everything from coyotes to anoles and black widow spiders.” Jennifer Campbell-Smith, behavioral ecologist. (see links)

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