Husband commented that he’d not heard all that many coyotes this year, and I have to admit that neither have I. Usually we hear them several nights a week by summer time. Certainly we’ve had a bunny population explosion this year. Not sure if someone did a big hunt, or if the pack has just moved around for some reason.
Although I’ve been seeing one on the trail cameras occasionally, I’m pretty sure it’s only one, and it appears to be a youngster. I caught a daylight look at him not to long ago, apparently hunting bunnies in my neighbor’s back yard. Pretty sure he’s (or she, can’t tell from a distance) not mature, got a skinny gangly look to him, like you see in not yet mature dogs. Course, I didn’t have my camera on me at the time, dammit.
I’m thinking this is the cantaloupe thief, as I got a very blurry shot of a coyote checking out the garden the night after someone stole the cantaloupe, and, other than the bunnies munching around the edges, nothing else has even approached the garden.
A note for everyone who says that “Well, I have a big dog, so X wildlife don’t come into my yard!”. I got news for you. Chances are good Apollo is quite a bit bigger than your dog, AND he’s an intact male. And he pees all around the yard, and around the garden in particular. We actually encourage him to pee around (around, not IN) the garden in hopes of driving off some of the munchers. Not only has it not appeared to make any difference in the quantity of wildlife we see, he and a couple foxes ended up in a “My Tree! Peeing Contest” last winter!