Coyotes have taken up residence in my yard
OTÂsort of. Except that IÂm wondering what kind of effect they will have on the snow-covered sleeping garden. There are 3: one of which has a broken front paw that just dangles. They seem to have a shelter behind 2 pine trees in the back corner. ItÂs where I have all my tomato cages, similar items, and empty pots stashed.
We are the only house without a wood fence which might be why theyÂve chosen our yard. Though IÂve seen them scrambling over the fences all around us with no difficulty. Even the one with the broken paw. There is shelter in other yards too, maybe they picked ours because with no fence, they canÂt be cornered.
My handicapped cat no longer goes outside so IÂm not too worried about thatÂjust will watch to make sure she doesnÂt sneak out behind me. Other neighbors must be well aware and I assume are being careful as well. You canÂt miss the howling, after all. Every night right outside my home office window.
Coyotes have been occasional visitors to the neighborhood for maybe 5 years. A few years back they had eaten up all the local bunnies and disappeared for awhile. By last year I had a virtual bunny population explosion on my hands. I donÂt know what they are eating now, though they all look well fed. There are plenty of squirrels around, they donÂt seem to be bothered by the coyotes being there.
The route they take in and out is right over a shade bed, tracking over hostas, goatsbeard, astilbe, and some new bleeding heart. TheyÂve knocked over the stored pots. I assume for now it will be alright. But any easy path they took to get behind that tree would be over one of my perennial gardens. They could wrestle under the low tree branches to get in, but never seem to go in that way.
Tell me if I need to do something about thisÂor wait until spring. Though I donÂt know exactly what I COULD do. If they start trampling emerging plants I will get defensive. I donÂt know much about coyote habits. Maybe the urine will chase the vermin away from my garden. ThatÂs what IÂm hoping for. (Wish I could get them to pee in a jar for me!) But do they urinate near where they sleep?