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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Dec 17, 2012 7:08 PM CST
This fellah (or gal) has been lurking around lately, closer to the house then I am used to. This is the very edge of our mowed lawn. And ol' Wiley is pretty healthy looking.

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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Dec 17, 2012 7:18 PM CST
He sure does look healthy, nice winter coat.
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Dec 19, 2012 1:28 AM CST

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If you have small pets, be careful! It could be lurking that close because of hunger...although it doesn't appear skinny at all!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Dec 19, 2012 11:45 AM CST
I have two cats. One is a 'walk-on' who I only feed because otherwise she was bullying my real cat's food away from her. The other is 15 years old and insists on going outside at 4 am if she happens to be in the house when we go to bed. I guess they've both figured out the wild critters. And, you're right, that coyote does not appear to be starving. I've seen it a number of times during the day, usually down the hill by our pond, but occasionally it (or another one, who knows) does wander closer to the house. There is a large pack of them in our back woods, I hear them at night. Love it when the babies join in with their little yips and yaps.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Jan 15, 2013 9:53 PM CST
Oh, oh. Not good company for small animals!
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Jan 16, 2013 9:41 AM CST
I rather like coyotes. In the 30+ years we've been at this place, I've never lost an animal to a coyote, and we've raised just about everything (chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, pigs, goats, cows, horses). They do keep the wild rabbit population under control.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jan 16, 2013 10:45 AM CST

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How odd. Our predators aren't that well-mannered. The feral chickens here...must have been many dozens over the past year (including chicks) and only two chickens are still alive. Small pets disappear also in this area. Of course, some medium to large dogs get out, so that is part of the problem and then there's foxes also. The raccoons...don't really know how many are serious predators, but the neighbor who raises chickens in a coop said he's lost many chickens to them.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Jan 16, 2013 10:58 AM CST
I thought you might be interested to see what was in my back yard yesterday morning....
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Jan 16, 2013 2:02 PM CST
That is a fine looking buck. nodding
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jan 16, 2013 8:32 PM CST

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Bucks like that don't come around here. Not many deer at all come in winter. Raccoons, however, come to spill my hummingbird feeder and eat anything they can find. I find their droppings all over the place!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad

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