Living with Wildlife In The Neighborhood: Wile E. Coyote

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Female coyote looking for something to eat: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

~ Looking for a meal ~

Not many mammals are as adaptable to their environment as the Coyote.  You'll find it from Panama in Central America all the way north to Alaska.  Central Park in New York City boasts a population.

Our backyard in the community of Tucson Estates II is a frequent haunt of these singing dogs.  This young female wandered up out of the wash (that's arroyo to you Texans) to see what she might find.  It took her a few minutes to figure out that she wasn't going to find a meal at the Jones's, and she moved off through the neighbor's yard and back into the wash.

Still looking: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

~ Still looking ~

Coyotes are the reason that we limit our pet selection to the fish in our pond.  Domestic pets, especially smaller dogs and cats, are no match for a coyote, which sees them as just another couple of items on the menu.

If you're considering a home in the Tucson Mountains, be prepared to share your backyard with those who were here first.  This adaptable animal will be one such neighbor.


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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I live next to a protected wildlife corridor full of all sorts of wild life...fascinating experience to hear and see all the different animals. When it rains, the whole food chain just comes more alive after-wards too...The cats in this neighborhood are closer to there truer nature than a house cat which would be a snack. I have seen coyotes tussle with raccoons, sing nightly, roam and inquire. Silent like a Ninja too when they need to be

Sep 08, 2011 03:02 AM #19
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

I do love your photos and learning about your part of our country, Mike.

Sep 08, 2011 03:05 AM #20
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
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Thanks for saying so, my friend!


Sounds like you have some John Muir in you!


They reach full size in their first year, unlike wolves, which take two years to mature.  This one's a beauty!

Mike in Tucson

Sep 08, 2011 03:08 AM #21
Robert & Leslie Lang
Weichert, REALTORS® - McKee Real Estate - Hawthorn Woods, IL

Chicago suburbs -  and we have plenty (well, we are a bit sub-suburban). Helps keep the rabbits in check.

Sep 08, 2011 03:09 AM #22
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I have always loved coyotes - they used to coexist in my neighborhood when I lived in Los Angeles.  This area has coyotes as well, although at present, there are more foxes. 

Then, my son works for a company here in Chicago called . . . Coyote Logistics!  I always think that when a company or sports team uses an animal in their name, they should do what they can to help and promote that animal in the wild. 

Sep 08, 2011 03:24 AM #23
Pat Fenn
Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker - Springfield, VA

We have them in our area in Northern Virginia too.  Unfortunately one of the neighbors found out the hard way that coyotes and kitties do not go well together.

Sep 08, 2011 03:27 AM #24
Bernie Thomas
Coldwell Banker Gundaker - Lake Saint Louis, MO

I have seen plenty of coyotes and other wildlife in the Lake St Louis area over the years. We have home owners  who actually put out bird feed for flocks of wild turkeys. Fortunately the coyotes are more afraid of humans now.

Sep 08, 2011 04:02 AM #25
None - Amos, QC

Hey Mike your range map is out of date. It should show all of north america. Coyotes are legally hunted in Ontario and other provinces and have been cited in maulings and in a few cases human death in ourcities from Vancouver to Halifax.

Sep 08, 2011 04:14 AM #26
Stephanie Arnett
ERA Town & Campus Realty - Starkville, MS
SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR


Sep 08, 2011 05:46 AM #27
Nancy Milton Holtzscher
RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs - Edwardsville, IL
Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR

Good pictures and he's a handsome boy.

They tend to look a little rougher around here. We have them here in St. Louis' Illinois suburbs too. That's another reason my cats stay indoors.

We also have a deer herd that lives in my neighborhood and lately we've been seeing a lot of those cute black and white "kitties" like the one pictured right.

Sep 08, 2011 06:47 AM #28
David A. Weaver
Peoples Bank & Trust Co. - Scottsdale, AZ
24 years helping folks finance their dreams.

Hi Mike,  We had a pair of Kit Foxes that came to our front porch every evening to eat the dog food I started putting out for a Great Dane that was running loose in the neighborhood.  The Great Dane was recovered by his owner, but the Kit Foxes were in the habit of coming by so I kept on feeding them.

Beautiful little creatures with very large ears and a long fluffy tail.  I could never get any pictures as they are really shy but you can look them up on the internet.

After about six months they moved on never to be seen again.  To bad we got used to seeing them around as did my neighbors and their kids.  The whole block sort of adopted them.

Thanks for sharing your story.

Sep 08, 2011 08:06 AM #29
Heather Tawes Nelson
Realty ONE Group - Scottsdale, AZ
Associate Broker, ABR, CLHMS, CRS - Scottsdale, AZ

What great photos! I see coyotes time to time, but they are usually pretty quick encounters.

My favorite "local" is a pudgy little bobcat. One time he/she was in my driveway and I thought it was a cat at first glance...

Sep 08, 2011 08:58 AM #30

Great pics as usual.

Sep 08, 2011 01:44 PM #31
Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
Royal Pro Real Estate Network - Langley, BC

Great pictures, Mike - we hear these critters every night in our rural area of greater Vancouver, BC - so we make sure to keep the cats (and even our big dogs) in at night! I have to say, though, that their sounds are very haunting and beautiful (even the little yips and yaps)

Sep 09, 2011 05:52 PM #32
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Mike, I love the way you caught these guys.  The one that runs across my front yard every day is so quick, I never have time to grab the camera. 

Sep 10, 2011 10:00 AM #33
Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty
Leolinda Realty - Surprise, AZ
Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona

I see coyotes every day but have never been able to photograph a coyote as clearly as you have done. What type of camera did you use?

Sep 10, 2011 06:30 PM #34
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Thanks for stopping by to comment!


It's a Panasonic Lumix from Cosco.  It's about $270, so it's not an expensive camera.  The software in today's cameras really helps to get good photos.

Mike in Tucson

Sep 11, 2011 12:21 PM #35
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

They look harmless but best to leave them alone. He was just looking for his next meal and a drink and will prowl until he finds exactly that. They are not a friend to Texas ranchers. 

Congratulations on the feature.

Sep 14, 2011 02:47 PM #36
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Wow we have coyotes too but they don't come into the yard.  We will usually see them across the street.  Wow!

Sep 19, 2011 09:32 AM #38
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

How amazingly beautiful! I have never seen one that close! We have them around here as well but rarely see them.

Oct 10, 2011 05:56 AM #39
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