Here’s the thing. Back when I photographed my first interaction with local coyotes in the early days of the blog my stance was that coyotes are horrible and we might want to think about eradicating them (as if that’s even a possibility). Now 9 years later and living in East Gloucester where we routinely see them and hear them howling nightly. I’ve crossed paths with many coyotes since that time. They want nothing to do with us. You yell, they run. You wave your arms in the air, they really run. “Seven coyote bites recorded ever. This compares to the 4.7 million dog bites annually.” Source thelocalne.ws My stance officially changed when thinking about how much we would hear about coyote bites or deaths in the news because my line of thinking was that it would get seven day a week above the fold coverage if a person was killed by a coyote, and it just hasn’t happened. So my stance has completely changed in the past four years after realizing that while living in the heart of coyote territory in between the golf course and the seine fields that these creatures really want nothing to do with us humans unless we leave food out for them in the form of small pets. I’m sorry for the poor family that lost its pet.
The time when I nearly shit my pants coming face to face with a coyote on the Good harbor Foot Bridge-
Coyote at Good Harbor Beach 4:55AM 7/5/08
I was fumbling with my camera as I figured the coyote would take off and there would be very little time to take the picture. He did take off, and circled back to the footbridge where I snapped a lousy shot with the terrible light and the coyote moving around. Heart racing a bit making it difficult to hold the camera steady for the long exposure shot. I did my best though and this is what I came up with-
I nearly shit when I turned the corner on the footbridge and came face to face with the coyote. Forgive my blurry, out of focus picture but my heart was beating a mile a minute and I wasn’t going to stick around to see what it was going to do next. You can click the picture and select “all sizes” to see a bigger version of the shot.
Face To Face With The Coyote On The Footbridge At Good Harbor, originally uploaded by captjoe06.
This poor coyote must have gotten hit by a vehicle within the past few hours as the blood was still vibrant red.
RIP Mr Coyote. Hope your life on the island was a good one.
There must have been quite an impact to make his eye bug out like that on one side of his head.
David Brooks and friends taking down the buoys from our beloved Lobster Trap Christmas Tree.
I have to say that it would not be an exaggeration to say that thousands of photos were taken of the tree this year. People would just drive up, get out of their cars, take a picture and drive away. I met several from Europe taking them. Being able to walk inside has really made a difference it seems.
Don’t forget the auction of the boeys on January 27 at the Cruiseport!
Great job David and company! Can’t wait till next year! Well, in between it is going to be nice to have a great summer….
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