Northern Nevada Wild Kingdom - Part I: Dances With Coyotes

Real Estate Agent with Humphrey Home Connections Realty, Reno, Nevada

My husband got a new fancy Timex running "watch" for Christmas, complete with heart rate monitor, GPS, and about a million other things he hasn't figured out yet. His initial take was that it didn't work properly. Couldn't figure out how to make it do what he wanted. Probably broken. Did he read the manual? Of course not...

So, as he harrumphed around threatening to send it back, I gently suggested, knowing I can geek him under the table but trying not to sound like a complete a**hole, "Why don't you let me have a look at it?" He happily slid it over to me and hurried off to do something more to his liking.

I read the directions and fiddled with it for a bit, then went out to run a few loops of the Pecetti Ranch Estates trail system, checking the watch face periodically. At the end of the first loop, I stopped to see what had recorded. Didn't look quite as I anticipated. I reset it and restarted, then headed off on the next loop lost in thought, pondering how the device might be set up to work. I was so totally preoccupied that I dang near tripped over a coyote that loped out of the bushes as I came around the north end of the trail. We were both completely startled; he trotted warily over to the middle of the adjacent vacant lot while I jogged backwards checking to see what he would do next. He was a Coyotebeautiful animal, sleek and furry, with ears alertly pricked up, about the size of a small golden retriever. I briefly wondered if I was in any danger. Coyotes are extremely common all over Reno, and very acclimated to humans, but I have never heard of one attacking an adult. They will devour your household pet in a heartbeat, but I haven't previously felt threatened by the many I have encountered over the years. Still, you never know with wild animals, and I hadn't ever been quite this close to one.

I continued on with my run, checking back every so often. He stood frozen in some tall weeds, never taking his eyes off me until I had crossed Boulder Glen Way and rounded the corner out of view. Guess he was probably thinking the same thing: "Never can tell with them humans" (yes, I speak coyote. And whale).

I am happy to report that I was able to figure out enough about how my husband's extremely complicated new toy worked to pique his interest (and convince him that it was in fact working correctly). He is now, belatedly, watching a video on the intricacies of setting up the display the way he wants it and enthusiastically planning his first run of 2012.


Photo credit: Arastradero Coyote by donjd2, Flickr via Creative Commons License

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Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Linda - What is it with guys, anyway?  My husband is very sharp, but impatient.  He hates taking the time to read directions and wants his complicated new gadgets to just do what he wants them to do without fuss.  Once he figures them out he shows me, and I guess I then skip most of the directions too!

As for coyotes, the most interesting encounter I had was when my husband and I were camping in the wilderness.  Jon was gathering wood and I was sitting on a rock in the sunabout 10 yards from the camp site, brushing my hair, when a pack of about a dozen coyotes come into our site and "camped" out there, lying around, snooping into everything and peeing on the rocks to make sure we knew whose property this was.  unfortunately, all our cameras were down in the campsite, so I couldn't get any of them on film.


Dec 31, 2011 12:55 PM
Debbie Laity
CinaJones Real Estate - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County

Wow Susan has a great story. I live in rural Western Colorado and there is never a shortage of wildlife sitings, but I still get a thrill out of it. Just two nights ago, I got to see a fox trot across the road and up a hill.

Happy New Year!!!!

Dec 31, 2011 01:26 PM
Linda Humphrey
Humphrey Home Connections Realty, Reno, Nevada - Reno, NV
CRS, Broker/Owner HHC Realty

Hi Susan - Yeah, that is my husband to a T. Very smart, but doesn't enjoy the thrill of besting a technical device like I do. Love your story...what a shame you weren't able to capture the pack on film. That was how I felt this afternoon, would love to have had my camera, but who jogs with a camera? :)

Hi Debbie - Me too, I love seeing wildlife and am fortunate enough, like you, to live where there is tons of it, sometimes uncomfortably so. How cool to see a fox! I have only ever seen a fox once here, and it was from a distance. My new year's resolution (which I just this moment decided) is to carry my camera with me as much as possible to catch these moments. Happy New Year to you!

Dec 31, 2011 01:37 PM