Last week some Coyotes in Garland, Texas made the local news. Several of the Texas prairie wolves had made a home of an disused golf course, and they were thriving there. Sightings of the Coyotes had increased in recent weeks, and the residents of the surrounding neighborhoods were getting antsy.
As it turns out, I drive by that same golf course every day, and I have been keeping an eye open for the Coyotes just in case. This morning I got lucky. All of the pictures in this observation were taken at a distance of between 200 and 300 yards. The quality of the images is not great, but the story they illustrate is worth sharing.
I found this pair of Coyotes near the intersection of Jupiter Road and Beltline Road. One of the Coyotes was lying out in the open soaking up some early morning rays. The second Coyote had wandered away from the first and was hunting along a small rise in the distance. The first Coyote kept a close eye on the second, and they both were very alert for signs of danger. Several times I saw one or both Coyotes divert their attention to some noise emanating from the nearby residences. Life can be a struggle for urban Coyotes, and they can never be too cautious.
After some time, the roaming Coyote started back toward her companion, taking just a moment along the way to chase a squirrel up a tree. Once together again, the two Coyotes greeted each other enthusiastically. I was thrilled to get pictures of this behavior!
It was about this time when I first began to notice the faint wail of a distant, but approaching siren. A police car, ambulance, or fire engine was headed in our direction. Coyotes will sometimes answer sirens with howls of their own, and when I looked back at the pair it was clear they were intrigued by the noise as well. Sure enough, the two Coyotes soon started singing back to the approaching emergency vehicle. They kept this up for nearly 30 seconds, before they began to detect that something wasn’t quite right. The look on their faces was pure puzzlement as a big red firetruck flew through the intersection with horns blaring.