K and I rolled out early into another frosty white day with a touch of blue sky.
Today, a pair of coyotes passed the camera at almost exactly the same time as yesterday morning. The leader of the pair sniffed the scent post...
K and I had no idea that these activities were underway. We were enjoying the glorious hoar-frost painted day.
As we were finishing our ride, we rolled through a meadow and faced something that we haven't encountered in years. At least two coyotes tried to lure K across a meadow. They have a choreographed routine where one coyote comes out and acts playful, trying to get a dog to chase the coyote into a trap where the rest of the pack is waiting. Back when K was an almost grown-up puppy, she fell for this luring routine on one occasion but, thankfully, the pack didn't catch her. Today, K surged about 15 yards toward the coyotes and stopped when I called her. She paused, staring at the coyotes, for a moment seemed to stretch on forever, before finally turning and running to my side.
A coyote watched from a distance. I'm sorry about the poor quality of the photo. My point-and-shoot doesn't have much zoom.
We have spent innumerable hours preparing for a coyote luring ploy, and I was overjoyed that K passed with flying colors! I strongly believe that it's the responsibility of human dog owners to protect their dogs against coyotes either through training them or by leashing them... rather than blaming the coyotes and slaughtering the wild canines for their "sins".
DNA evidence suggests that our coyotes (western coyotes) are actually a different species from the eastern coyotes that many of you have in your forests. The genetic evidence shows that eastern coyotes are a hybrid between western coyotes and the endangered eastern wolves. Consequently, eastern coyotes outweigh western ones and behave more like wolves in terms of prey choice and pack behavior.
Fortunately, thanks to all of our training, K and I finished our ride safe and sound today!