Right now, coyotes and wild turkeys are all over my neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. Why? Because we humans have built on their habitats.
My beloved dog and I had our own close encounter with coyotes a few months ago. Here’s what happened:
I took my pup — who is a Certified Therapy Dog in his spare time — to an assisted living facility less than a mile from where I live. We found a nice wooded area off the parking lot, so we went for the all-important walk to let him relieve himself before we started our visit to the Alzheimer’s unit.
On our walk I heard a rustle. I looked to my right and saw a German shepherd stand up in the tall grass. Except it was kind of mangy for a dog. Then I realized that it must be a coyote. Then a second coyote stood up. My pup strained in the direction of the coyotes. Thankfully, he was on a leash, because at 11 pounds, my pet would have made a nice snack for a couple of coyotes.
If you are experiencing wild animals in your non-rural area, check out these resources:
Coyotes in the Suburbs
Coyotes in Urban areas
How to Keep Coyotes Away