We live in a well-established neighborhood. Our house and the surrounding houses have been here for well over 20 years. We are part of a major metropolitan area and yet this morning as I check my mail….do I hear traffic? No. Do I hear sirens? No. Do I hear dogs barking? No. What I hear kinda baffles me and has since we moved in. I hear coyotes. Sounds like a ton of them.
We use to live in an apartment that was pretty much in the middle of nowhere. It wasn’t unusal to see a coyote running across the street, but we rarely heard them. I don’t think that pack was very big.
My dad told me a couple of days ago that several years ago, before they started doing a lot of construction east of us, that several miles southeast (about eight) used to be the biggest population of coyotes in the US….I’m tempted to say North America, but I can’t remember exactly. Maybe now they are just moving into the nice natural greenbelt we have running through the neighborhood. As strange as it is, I find them conforting. I don’t know why, but I like to hear them howl.