Academic journal article Alberta History

Coyote

Academic journal article Alberta History

Coyote

Article excerpt

An enthusiastic observer of the habits of the prairie coyote said the other day:

The hangdog look of the animal as he slips away from human sight is the cause of the coyote's bad name. He is very shy at times, but on occasion sits unconcernedly by the roadside as one drives along. He is called sneak, but he is only sly instead. He has more wit than any animal except the fox; he is as courageous in a fight with his own kind as any animal that breathes; he is patriotic, if any one may used the term, in that he refuses to be domesticated -- refuses to leave the life of freedom to which he is accustomed; he is the best family man so to speak, in the world. The coyotes have been make outlaws through ignorance.

People think they know all about the coyote, but they don't. They think he is the meanest, most cowardly sneak, the personification of all that is vagabond in animal nature, but the naturalist knows that he is almost nothing of the kind. The howl of the coyote in February is a love song, and all the females within sound gather around when they hear a male sing. …

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