I went outside to walk my dog just now to find a coyote staring back at me right in front of my house. I've seen them before, of course, but never this close. They seem to be acting more brazen lately. A few of the neighborhood cats have disappeared and I'm thinking this is the reason. There is ample forest and undeveloped land around here for them to live in.
This guy seemed pretty skittish to me. He ran off when he saw me looking at him. The neighborhood dogs, mostly on electric fences, seemed to be herding him away from their own property. I know they're a nuisance and can be dangerous to the aforesaid cats, chickens, etc. But my question to you mountain boys and ranchers out there is: Are they dangerous in the sense that they will attack a human, or, in my case, human with small cocker spaniel on a leash?
It's legal to hunt them on my island, but I really don't want to be carrying a rifle when I walk my dog. The neighbors are so unreasonable about such things. Just wondered what you guys thought.
P.S. A black bear was sighted in a Seattle neighborhood yesterday, first in Magnolia, then in Ballard.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
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