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    Posted August 5, 2014 by
    Yucca Valley, California
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    Desert Dog enjoying the shade


    Since we live at the edge of open land, we are fortunate to see all sorts of critters.
    We have many Coyotes that we hear at night when they gather to hunt. During the day it is not too common to see them but occasionally we will. Lately we have noticed a young Coyote out & about in early evening. I was sitting on the patio with Toby (the Chihuahua) taking photos of the Mom & Dad Flycatchers taking care of their newly hatched babies. I had been sitting back in the chair & when I adjusted & sat up straight I could see over the patio wall. There in front of me was the young Coyote sitting in the shade of the block wall. My heart started pounding because he was so close.  The only reason Toby didn't bark I guess, is that the wind was blowing N & taking the Coyote smell away from us, or his barking would have scared the Coyote away.   I fumbled for the camera which I had just put down. I got a few photos & a quick video as he was leaving. In 2 of the pics he is leaning over scratching his head/ears.  Look at the size of those ears!  It also looks to me as if he has a problem with his right eye (poor guy). We have water all over our land for any critter who needs a drink (or a dip in the small 1 ring kiddie pool of water).
    It's a tough life for them in the desert.
    It's like an ALARM clock going off during the night when the whole pack begins howling... If I am quick enough & hear them before our Chihuahua does, I can close all the windows & doors so he doesn't hear them. If he hears them first...the Barking will go on & on & on. We can't blame the poor guy, he knows that that howling is 'hunting chat' I'm sure.

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