Canis Non Grata

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California / Nature / Photo Log / Photography / Wildlife


April 22, 2020 — My Back Yard, Silicon Valley, California

There is a female bobcat who comes around every six to eight weeks. We call her Roberta. We keep our distance, but we like her.

This coyote, not so much.

(Nikon D500, Tamron 100–400mm f/4.5–6.3 Di VC USD. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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  1. We have plenty of ’em here also but I’ve never seen one in our yard. My neighbors have had coyotes visit theirs. They are one reason we never let our dogs out unsupervised. Always on a run, but we just don’t want to take a chance. Saw one bobcat here. More would be welcomed.

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    • They roam the neighborhood, especially at crepuscular times and at night. But sometimes, as in the photo, during the daytime. Singularly, and it well fed, they’re not too much of a threat to humans. In packs, they get very bold. When we had a dog – as you will soon see – we never let him out unsupervised.

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      • I learned early on about letting beagles loose. My first and I would visit the UMass campus for her to run around. I’d toss a tennis ball and she got to meet other people on the athletic fields. But, being a beagle, once she was interested in something I was not to be paid attention to and the only way I could get her to come back was to hop in my pickup and she’d take off after me. After several repeats she got back in the truck. Since then they’ve always been on a leash or run.

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    • Is your considerably larger than foxes. They pose more of a threat, especially in packs. Several years ago a pack killed a dog owned by a neighbor. The dog was a German Shepherd, which is larger than a coyote.


  3. David Kueter says

    “Canis non grata”, not “cana” if she is a bitch; otherwise “canis non gratus”.


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  4. Cool! great shot! It’s a very handsome specimen I’d say. I’ve seen them at dusk, trotting along the Milwaukee River, right in the city. But never a bobcat.

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    • Thank you. I just took a quick look at your blog and it is beautiful. I will have to look at it in Chrome so I can get a translation. Have a great weekend.


  5. That is a lovely shot. She almost seems to be posing. I am not a lover of coyotes. As an animal rehabilitation person I suppose I’m expected to look at them as part of the ecosystem, and accept them as one of the top contenders of the food chain. In this area, they are over-populated, and it’s evident to me, having witnessed disease (especially mange) and starvation of this species in the past five years. They are the reason our fawn population loss is tremendous. When we first moved here, many mammals thrived in the woodlands, but for several years now, it’s rare to find any small critters. I find coyote scat all over this property, and I’ve seen them coming from in town in the early morning hours. I understand farmers are having more trouble with attacks on livestock, especially the young. And as you said, the coyotes are especially prone to working in packs. There is an open season to hunt them here, but there is little profit in hides.

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    • Your observations and thoughts ring true. Regarding their place in the ecosystem there is an absolutely wonderful documentary called “The Biggest Little Farm.” I recommend it. It is beautifully photographed. You could watch it for the visual beauty alone but it has far more to offer: a gripping story and a 90 minute education in making a farm work using only natural ecological processes. It’s beautiful and inspirational. Available from all the usual streaming outlets. We saw it on iTunes, but I’m sure that it’s on Netflix as well.

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  6. I’ve had coyotes in my yard, but only once that I’ve noticed. I’ve had foxes and kits in my yard over the years, and just saw a pair of foxes two days ago. I’ve only seen bobcats in California, off a trail in Tennessee Valley, in Marin. Fine image of this unwelcome critter…

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  7. we have a lot of coyotes here…urban ones with fat busy tails and ones in the woods…the ones in the hood are brazen…in woods my mutt chases them…we also have a lot of hares…so food for them…sending joy ~ hedy ☺️💫

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    • Chewy had a tendency to want to chase coyotes. That would not have worked well. That’s why I started taking him out on a leash at night. He also ran three bobcats up trees. That was an unnerving experience each time.


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