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Old 09-23-2011, 12:48 AM
 
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I hear howling, barking, and weird animal noises in the open space behind us. Husband thinks they are coyotes. They sound close, but I can't ever see them. It sounds like a lot of them. And yes, I am sure they aren't neighborhood dogs. We had a bear in the park a few weeks ago, so wildlife is not unheard of. I'm not scared, just curious. So do you know if coyotes are common? Do they travel in packs? Maybe I should keep my Jack Russel terrier close to the house after dark.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:03 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Yes Coyotes are common just about everywhere in New Mexico. Yes I would keep a Jack Russel terrier indoors. I have never really seen them in packs, just pairs and with the cubs.

Here is one we often see on our walks in Rio Rancho, it appears to have a mate. We stay clear
of the brush area there, it might have a den:


This one was checking garbage cans, now it's at someones backyard gate:


You might read this: Coyotes — City of Albuquerque (http://www.cabq.gov/urban-biology/urban-wildlife/urban-coyotes - broken link)

For us it's nice to hear their yipping and singing at night. Better than barking dogs and boom boxes.


Rich
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I would keep your Jack Russell inside the house after dark. It has been known for coyotes to jump walls

They are pretty smart too, we see them most on Sunday evenings because Monday is trash day.

This spring I was driving to Smiths on Tramway and Central and on the south side of the street in the open space area there was a coyote and a couple of hundred yards to the west was a woman calling for her little dog which was closer to the coyote than her. Why people let there little dogs loose at night is a mystery to me.
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Old 09-23-2011, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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I hear howling, barking, and weird animal noises in the open space behind us.
Count Dracula: Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.
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do you know if coyotes are common?
Very.
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Do they travel in packs?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

They see you if you are out walking near them. They choose whether you get to see them.

You could pass 12" from one's nose - sitting in a bush and wouldn't know
( but your Jack Russel would, of course ).

I've told this before, but one time I was hiking on Piño Trail out of Ellena Gallegos
just before dawn and heard one start to make noise. Seconds later, there was another
in the opposite direction, but closer. Seconds later, there were a couple more from
different directions ( all while the first two kept it going ). Seconds later, it sounded
like there were 15 to 20 of them within 100 ft of me in every direction.

Logically, I wasn't afraid, but emotionally, I knew that had they wanted
to "take" me, it really wouldn't have been much of a challenge for them.

I've seen coyotes as big as wolves ( it seemed ) crossing Tramway in the am.

Have I mentioned that this is a cool part of living in Albuquerque?
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Old 09-23-2011, 03:55 PM
 
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Mortimer, We had an experience similar to yours our first week in NM.

My sweetie and I decided to try out our hot tub, sans clothing, and were sipping some cabernet and admiring the stars. Suddenly, on the other side of our 4-foot fence, a coyote started howling, then another, then another until it sounded like the hills were alive with the sounds of muchos coyotes locos.

We immediately ran for our lives. It was not a pretty sight: two overweight, 60-somethings fleeing from the spa to the living room, grasping their wine glasses and dragging their clothes behind them.
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Old 09-23-2011, 04:00 PM
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It was not a pretty sight: two overweight, 60-somethings fleeing from the spa to the living room, grasping their wine glasses and dragging their clothes behind them.


http://theducks.org/pictures/do-not-want-dog.jpg
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Old 09-23-2011, 04:01 PM
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I hear howling, barking, and weird animal noises in the open space behind us. Husband thinks they are coyotes. They sound close, but I can't ever see them. It sounds like a lot of them. And yes, I am sure they aren't neighborhood dogs. We had a bear in the park a few weeks ago, so wildlife is not unheard of. I'm not scared, just curious. So do you know if coyotes are common? Do they travel in packs? Maybe I should keep my Jack Russel terrier close to the house after dark.
I love being up on the north foothills trails right at sunset when they howl.

Especially so, if the sunset is a stunner.
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Old 09-23-2011, 04:12 PM
 
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It was not a pretty sight: two overweight, 60-somethings fleeing from the spa to the living room, grasping their wine glasses and dragging their clothes behind them.



Sorry I was inspired by N8!
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Old 09-23-2011, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Mortimer, We had an experience similar to yours ...
I have had other experiences such as walking in the Bear Canyon arroyo
between Manitoba and Spain in the early evening when the sun is barely
up, just walking along thinking I was alone and then several of them start
howling from different directions. This has happened more than once with
busy Tramway traffic nearby and other walkers/hikers within view.

That's where I got the idea that I probably walked right past the nose of
one of them without even knowing about it. I also don't doubt that I have
probably done that with bears, bobcats, pumas, etc.

From a sensory standpoint, we aren't even on the same planet.

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We immediately ran for our lives.
You know better than to do that now, right?
I would clink glasses with my wife in such a situation.
I'm not saying the hair on the back of my neck wouldn't be all a-prickle ...
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Old 09-23-2011, 06:14 PM
 
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Coyotes are all over New Mexico.
We lost a cat, when he pushed out a front window screen.
We have a 6 foot fence in back for our two Shetland Sheepdogs.

Steve
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