This beautiful young coyote was just laying in the grass, catching some shade. People were walking and driving by but he didn't seem to mind. He must have come down from the nearby mountains to check out our neighborhood. Perhaps he was hunting - house hunting!
There are lots of Coyotes here in Arizona. They are beautiful creatures, often mistaken for dogs since they look a lot like a dog at first glance. But they are definitely not dogs, they are wild animals.
We hope neighbors were not feeding this little guy - feeding wildlife is always a bad thing. Feeding wild animals causes them to think of humans as a food source, which usually ends up with the wild animal inadvertently injuring someone, destroying property, killing someone's pet, or getting hit by a car.
Coyotes in Phoenix are known to hunt cats and small dogs when their food source is low or when they get a little too comfortable in residential areas. There's a saying around here that goes like this: "There are no skinny Coyotes in Phoenix!" Sadly, there's a lot of truth to that. Smart pet owners are keep their cats and small dogs safe from coyotes, especially after dark! Coyotes are fast, and they are skilled hunters.
I'm glad we weren't walking Isis and Phoebe at the time, I know Isis would have gone berserk at the sight of this fascinating creature! Hmmm.... I guess I kind of ignored the wordless aspect of this week's Wordless Wednesday didn't I ?!
What wild animals have you encountered in your neighborhood? Leave a comment, I'd love to hear your Wildlife in the 'Hood story!