Monday, June 25, 2007

Them Wiley Coyotes

After what's been going on around here lately, I decided to read up on coyotes - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coyote. This was interesting:

"In rural areas, coyotes will respond to human calls. This is most often after the coyotes have started a howling session. Playing a recorded wolf howl will make them stop for up to an hour before they start in again, probably because wolves prey upon coyotes."

They have howling sessions? So I guess I just need some recorded wolf howls and a boombox. Or maybe I can scrounge up some actual wolves.

"On April 3, 2007, a coyote wandered through the propped-open door of a Quiznos submarine sandwich shop in downtown Chicago. Animal control officers removed the coyote about an hour after it first entered the shop."

It just chilled in Quiznos for an hour?

"...Attacks on children and adults, once rare, appear to be on the increase. There were 89 verified coyote attacks on humans (55% on adults, 45% on children) in California from 1978-2003. One or more people were injured in 56 of these attacks. They found a clear pattern of behavioral changes in coyotes in the lead-up to attacks, including increased sightings around homes (an indication that the coyote has lost its fear of people) and predatory interactions (e.g. attacks on pets during daylight, chasing of joggers and bicyclists, and stalking of children's play areas - these behaviours have often been associated to people feeding them). The most serious attacks were on small children: when coyotes become habituated to people, they view children as potential prey and a running child is likely to elicit orientation and attack behaviors.

Coyotes are generally wary of humans and are easily frightened by loud noises."

Next time I see one, I'm gonna flail and scream like a little girl.

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5 comments:

  1. Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

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  2. worst spam ever: one of my friends was blogging about a dream she had about her best friend who had died (she really died in real life) and this person responded with something like "Oh, I totally feel the same way! And that's why I feel like I really HAVE to share this ringtone with you!" it was so weird and insensitive and disturbing.

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  3. Yeah, that's not nice...and only funny from a distance.

    However, I AM going to use that line at the next funeral I go to.

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  4. Yeah she left it up on her blog to make a point but then (it was on myspace) the user account got erased so it was erased anyway.

    Totally. I should have done that at my grandmother's funeral. Although, I DID joke about handing my business cards out to my grandfather's rich clients who were there.

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