Coyotes! No! – Conversations with Stella

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I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Aaagghh!

Me:   Calm down.

Stella:   No! I absolutely refuse to calm down. I heard you. I heard the humans talking about wild coyotes in our neighborhood! I heard about what those coyotes have been doing!

Me:   It has nothing to do with you all. Or with our chickens. You are all shielded by a tall, strong fence.

Stella:   Who said that those coyotes can’t climb? Who said that those coyotes can’t eat a fence?

Me:   Those coyotes can’t eat this fence. Not since Tall Man reinforced it. And how did you know what a coyote is?

Stella:   I know things. I hear things. And what is a coyote?

Me:   A coyote is a wild variety of canine. In other words, a wild dog that is native to these lands.

Stella:   Have you ever seen one around here?

Me:   Yes, years ago I saw one down the road, walking in a ditch. Sure surprised me.

Stella:   Are they supposed to be here?

Me:   They disappeared from around here decades ago. I guess a lot of construction has driven them into our areas again. But…you’ve heard them crying before, remember?

Stella:   No. When?

Me:   When you and I went camping out west of here.

Stella:   That time in the grass country?

Me:   I guess you could call it that.

Stella:   I don’t remember them.

Me:   They were crying in the hills. But they didn’t come close to where we were camped. Maybe the human scent kept them away.

Stella:   And now they are here?

Me:   Not the same pack, I’m sure. Others. They’re hunting.

Stella:   How can we stay safe then?

Me:   You stay inside and when we are outside, you stay around the house.

Stella:   Are you sure?

Me:   Yes. I am sure.

Stella:   Okay. I guess I will have to take your word for it. And there is not much comfort in that.

 

 

 

 

 

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